Patents by Inventor Jean Woloszko

Jean Woloszko 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: 20200405379
    Abstract: A method comprising sealing a vessel residing within tissue between jaws of forceps by sensing an amount of tissue held within the forceps, the sensing by passing electrical current through the tissue by way of the forceps. The method comprises heating the tissue using electrical current, the heating such that impedance of the tissue changes at a first predetermined rate, the first predetermined rate selected based on the sensing. The method comprises desiccating the tissue using electrical current, such that the impedance of the tissue changes at a second predetermined rate different than the first predetermined rate. The method comprises ceasing application of the electrical current to the tissue when impedance of the tissue reaches a predetermined value. Sensing the amount of tissue held within the forceps comprises varying electrical current flowing through the tissue through the forceps such that impedance of the tissue changes at a third predetermined rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Gaspredes, Robert P. Lathrop, Thomas P. Ryan, David J. Miller, Jean Woloszko, Philip M. Tetzlaff
  • Publication number: 20200397500
    Abstract: An electrosurgical wand is disclosed for treating a plurality of tissues at a variety of tissue locations. The electrosurgical wand includes a handle on a proximal end and an elongate shaft with a combination active electrode at the distal end. The combination active electrode includes with a blade and screen portion; the blade portion extending along and laterally from the wand longitudinal axis, forming a dissecting tip. The screen portion extends from the blade portion at an obtuse angle and has at least one aspiration aperture through it. The wand also includes a second and third electrode, proximally spaced from the combination active electrode. The second electrode spans a portion of an outside surface of the wand adjacent the blade portion, while the third electrode spans a portion of the outside surface of the wand opposite the second electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Jonathan Gaspredes, Douglas G. Evans, Robert Lathrop, Brendan Smith, David Turner, Christopher J. Aholt, Troy S. Hemme
  • Patent number: 10828081
    Abstract: Electrosurgical wands. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are electrosurgical wands having features that reduce contact of tissue with an active electrode of a wand, decrease the likelihood of clogging, and/or increase the visibility within surgical field. For example, wands in accordance with at least some embodiments may comprise standoffs, either along the outer perimeter of the active electrode, or through the main aperture in the active electrode, to reduce tissue contact. Wands in accordance with at least some embodiments may implement slots on the active electrodes to increase bubble aspiration to help keep the visual field at the surgical site clear. Wands in accordance with at least some embodiments may implement aspiration flow pathways within the wand that increase in cross-sectional area to reduce the likelihood of clogging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Johnson E. Goode, David A. Cox, Philip M. Tetzlaff
  • Patent number: 10806506
    Abstract: A method comprising sealing a vessel residing within tissue between jaws of forceps by sensing an amount of tissue held within the forceps, the sensing by passing electrical current through the tissue by way of the forceps. The method comprises heating the tissue using electrical current, the heating such that impedance of the tissue changes at a first predetermined rate, the first predetermined rate selected based on the sensing. The method comprises desiccating the tissue using electrical current, such that the impedance of the tissue changes at a second predetermined rate different than the first predetermined rate. The method comprises ceasing application of the electrical current to the tissue when impedance of the tissue reaches a predetermined value. Sensing the amount of tissue held within the forceps comprises varying electrical current flowing through the tissue through the forceps such that impedance of the tissue changes at a third predetermined rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Gaspredes, Robert P. Lathrop, Thomas P. Ryan, David J. Miller, Jean Woloszko, Philip M. Tetzlaff
  • Publication number: 20200261139
    Abstract: Electrosurgical procedures. At least some of the example methods for detecting that an electrosurgical wand is effected by a blockage, including supplying a high frequency energy to an active electrode of an electrosurgical wand; drawing an electrically conductive fluid from the vicinity of the active electrode; sensing a temperature signal indicative of a temperature of the electrically conductive fluid drawn from the vicinity of the active electrode; and cycling the high frequency energy supplied upon the temperature of the electrically conductive fluid drawn from the vicinity of the active electrode exceeding a first threshold temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Jonathan L. Gaspredes, Thomas P. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20200188014
    Abstract: An electrosurgical wand is disclosed for providing a range of tissue treatment modes and for use in a variety of orientations. The electrosurgical wand includes a handle on a proximal end, an elongate shaft and at least three distinct electrodes disposed at a distal end of the wand. The three electrodes include a blade electrode having a length measured parallel to a longitudinal axis of wand, the length running parallel to the wand longitudinal axis for a portion of the length. The blade electrode has a distal portion that curves toward the longitudinal axis at the distal end of the wand. The three electrodes also include a second electrode disposed on a second side of the wand from the blade electrode; and a third electrode disposed between the blade electrode and the second electrode. All the electrodes have a different shape and surface area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Jonathan Gaspredes, Douglas G. Evans, Robert Lathrop, Brendan Smith, David Turner, Christopher J. Aholt, Troy S. Hemme
  • Publication number: 20200179031
    Abstract: Electrosurgical procedures. At least some of the example methods that include: supplying energy to an active electrode of an electrosurgical wand, the supplying energy to the active electrode by an electrosurgical controller; monitoring an electrical parameter associated with the energy; and determining, based on the electrical parameter, the presence of a wand condition of the electrosurgical wand, the wand condition being at least one selected from the group consisting of: a surface area of the active electrode is less than a predetermined threshold surface area; the surface area of the active electrode is approaching the predetermined threshold surface area; and that the electrosurgical wand is affected by a blockage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: David Y. Yuan, Jean Woloszko, Jonathan L. Gaspredes, Thomas P. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10675080
    Abstract: Electrosurgical procedures. At least some of the example methods for detecting that an electrosurgical wand is effected by a blockage, including supplying a high frequency energy to an active electrode of an electrosurgical wand; drawing an electrically conductive fluid from the vicinity of the active electrode; sensing a temperature signal indicative of a temperature of the electrically conductive fluid drawn from the vicinity of the active electrode; and cycling the high frequency energy supplied upon the temperature of the electrically conductive fluid drawn from the vicinity of the active electrode exceeding a first threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Jonathan L. Gaspredes, Thomas P. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20200164118
    Abstract: Fluid management in surgical procedures. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including: supplying fluid to a surgical site inside a patients body, drawing fluid from the surgical site through a first instrument by a first pump at a first flow rate, the first flow rate during the drawing responsive to expected or actual visibility within the surgical site; and then performing a surgical resection within the surgical site using the first instrument, the performing the surgical resection changes the first flow rate; and adjusting, by a fluid management system after the surgical resection, the first flow rate responsive to the expected or actual visibility within the surgical site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Woloszko
  • Publication number: 20200163708
    Abstract: System and methods of an electrosurgical controller having multiple modes of operation that are configured for treatment of a specific targeted tissue type and the electrosurgical effect desired where the treatment and effect are provided by a single controller and an electrosurgical probe. The electrosurgical controller includes an integrated fluid control apparatus or pump where activation of the controller allows for selective energy delivery and corresponding fluid volume flow rates. The electrosurgical probe includes a fluid transport lumen and is in communication with the controller and the pump for operation of the probe in the various user selected modes with accompanying energy delivery and fluid control directed to the desired treatment and surgical effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Duane W. Marion, Johnson E. Goode, George Morrison, David Yuan
  • Publication number: 20200146745
    Abstract: An electrosurgical wand for treating tissue at a target site within or on a patient's body is described, having an elongate shaft with a handle and a distal end portion. The distal end portion has an active electrode, an insulative spacer body and a return electrode; the active electrode supported by the insulative spacer body and spaced away from the return electrode. The active electrode has both lateral and medial edge surfaces. The insulative spacer body has an aspiration cavity fluidly connected with an aspiration lumen, and at least one tapered aperture extending beyond at least one of the electrode medial edge surfaces and directed to the aspiration cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Johnson E. Goode, Mark Bieberich, Philip M. Tetzlaff, Jean Woloszko
  • Patent number: 10595923
    Abstract: Electrosurgical procedures. At least some of the example methods that include: supplying energy to an active electrode of an electrosurgical wand, the supplying energy to the active electrode by an electrosurgical controller; monitoring an electrical parameter associated with the energy; and determining, based on the electrical parameter, the presence of a wand condition of the electrosurgical wand, the wand condition being at least one selected from the group consisting of: a surface area of the active electrode is less than a predetermined threshold surface area; the surface area of the active electrode is approaching the predetermined threshold surface area; and that the electrosurgical wand is affected by a blockage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: David Y. Yuan, Jean Woloszko, Jonathan L. Gaspredes, Thomas P. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10582963
    Abstract: System and methods of an electrosurgical controller having multiple modes of operation that are configured for treatment of a specific targeted tissue type and the electrosurgical effect desired where the treatment and effect are provided by a single controller and an electrosurgical probe. The electrosurgical controller includes an integrated fluid control apparatus or pump where activation of the controller allows for selective energy delivery and corresponding fluid volume flow rates. The electrosurgical probe includes a fluid transport lumen and is in communication with the controller and the pump for operation of the probe in the various user selected modes with accompanying energy delivery and fluid control directed to the desired treatment and surgical effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Duane W. Marion, Johnson E. Goode, George Morrison, David Yuan
  • Publication number: 20200054356
    Abstract: Mechanical resection instruments with outflow control. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including: receiving an indication of a first rotational mode of a mechanical resection instrument coupled to a motor of a motor drive unit (MDU); controlling rotation of the rotating portion of the mechanical resection instrument by controlling the motor, the controlling in conformance with the indication of the first rotational mode; setting a first outflow rate through the mechanical resection instrument based on the indication of the first rotational mode; drawing fluid through the mechanical resection instrument at the first outflow rate during a surgical procedure, the drawing by way of the pump controlled by the controller; sensing a parameter indicative of resection by the mechanical resection instrument; and changing a rate at which fluid is drawn through the mechanical resection instrument, the changing relative to the first outflow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. MILLER, Jean WOLOSZKO, Jonathan L. GASPREDES, Rajitha ALURU
  • Patent number: 10548657
    Abstract: An electrosurgical wand for treating tissue at a target site within or on a patient's body is described, having an elongate shaft with a handle and a distal end portion. The distal end portion has an active electrode, an insulative spacer body and a return electrode; the active electrode supported by the insulative spacer body and spaced away from the return electrode. The active electrode has both lateral and medial edge surfaces. The insulative spacer body has an aspiration cavity fluidly connected with an aspiration lumen, and at least one tapered aperture extending beyond at least one of the electrode medial edge surfaces and directed to the aspiration cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Johnson E. Goode, Mark Bieberich, Philip M. Tetzlaff, Jean Woloszko
  • Publication number: 20200008859
    Abstract: Electrosurgical systems and methods include a generator which is operable to connect to an electrosurgical device and to identify the electrosurgical device. The generator automatically determines at least one device specific operational parameter for carrying out the electrosurgical procedure. In an exemplary embodiment, a generator includes a fluid pump and the generator automatically determines a candidate flowrate at which to operate the pump based on the type of device. The device specific operational parameter may be selected or modified by the operator prior to commencing the procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Hadar Cadouri, Jean Woloszko, Philip M. Tetzlaff
  • Publication number: 20190374284
    Abstract: An electrosurgical controller and related methods. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including: placing a distal end of an electrosurgical wand in operational relationship with biological tissue; delivering energy to an active electrode of the electrosurgical wand. During delivering energy, the method may comprise: measuring a value indicative of flow of the energy to the active electrode; summing, over a first predetermined window of time, to create a first value indicative of energy provided to the active electrode; summing, over a second predetermined window of time, to create a second value indicative of energy provided to the active electrode. The method may further comprise: ceasing delivering energy responsive to the first value meeting or exceeding a predetermined value; and ceasing delivering energy responsive to the second value meeting or exceeding a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Scott A. Armstrong, Michael Bozeman, Christopher A. Wallis
  • Patent number: 10448988
    Abstract: Electrosurgical methods and systems. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including maintaining plasma proximate to an active electrode in a first energy range, and a second energy range. During periods when plasma is proximate to the active electrode, the illustrative method may include controlling flow of fluid drawn into an aperture of an electrosurgical wand, and in some situations increasing fluid flow drawing into the aperture responsive to the active electrode being in operational relationship with tissue, and in other cases decreasing fluid flow drawing into the aperture responsive to the active electrode being in operational relationship with tissue. Further, during periods when plasma is proximate to the active electrode, the illustrative method may include providing output energy at a default energy setpoint, and then providing output energy at a second energy setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Jonathan Gaspredes, David Yuan, Thomas P. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10448992
    Abstract: Electrosurgical systems and methods include a generator which is operable to connect to an electrosurgical device and to identify the electrosurgical device. The generator automatically determines at least one device specific operational parameter for carrying out the electrosurgical procedure. In an exemplary embodiment, a generator includes a fluid pump and the generator automatically determines a candidate flowrate at which to operate the pump based on the type of device. The device specific operational parameter may be selected or modified by the operator prior to commencing the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Hadar Cadouri, Jean Woloszko, Philip M. Tetzlaff
  • Patent number: D894387
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Woloszko, Johnson E. Goode, Brent R. Dinger