Patents by Inventor Jan R. Wicherski

Jan R. Wicherski 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: 5584842
    Abstract: A valvulotome for disrupting vein valves in in-situ procedures, and for distrupting the vein valves in vein segments to be used in CABG procedures. The valvulotome includes an elongate blade mounting member and a thin, scythe-shaped cutting blade. The cutting blade is mounted relative to the blade mounting member such that the plane defined by the blade lies on the axis defined by the blade mounting member. The cutting blade has a fixed end, a free end, a cutting edge and a blunt back edge. The fixed end is fixedly attached to a distal portion of the blade mounting member. The sharpened edge faces towards the blade mounting member, which protects the vein from the sharpened edge. The sharpened edge arcs outwards and proximally from the distal portion of the blade mounting member, and terminates in a proximal portion, spaced from the blade mounting member. The blunt back edge is opposite the sharpened edge, facing the vein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Intramed Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Fogarty, Thomas A. Howell, Jan R. Wicherski, Stephen A. Sosnowski