Patents by Inventor Joel R. Munsinger

Joel R. Munsinger 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: 10543039
    Abstract: A medical device for sympathetic nerve ablation includes a catheter shaft and an expandable member disposed on the catheter shaft. The balloon is configured to be able to shift between an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The medical device includes an elongate electrode assembly constructed as a flexible circuit and a protective bumper member. The elongate electrode assembly may have an outer edge and may be disposed on an outer surface of the balloon. The protective bumper member may cover at least a portion of the outer edge of the elongate electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Lindquist, Joseph Zielinski, Mark S. Smith, Kevin Martin, Joel R. Munsinger
  • Patent number: 10058443
    Abstract: The disclosure describes stent delivery systems and its related methods of use. A stent delivery system including an inner shaft with a stent disposed about the distal region, a deployment sheath slidably disposed about the inner shaft, a handle coupled to the deployment sheath, and an intermediate shaft disposed about the inner shaft, positioned proximally of the stent. Further, proximal portion of the intermediate shaft is disposed within the handle and includes a support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel R. Munsinger, Gary J. Pederson, Jr., Michael D. Gerdts
  • Patent number: 9943365
    Abstract: A renal nerve ablation device may include an elongate tubular member having a distal region. An expandable member may be coupled to the distal region. An electrode support may be coupled to the distal region of the elongate tubular member and extend over a body of the expandable member. The electrode support may be free of connection to the body of the expandable member. One or more electrodes may be coupled to the electrode support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Haverkost, Joel N. Groff, Martin R. Willard, Timothy A. Ostroot, Derek C. Sutermeister, Cass A. Hanson, Daniel T. Quillin, Joel R. Munsinger
  • Patent number: 9694167
    Abstract: A method of treating a constricted sinus passageway of a patient includes traversing the canine fossa region of the patient so as to form a passageway in the sinus cavity. A cannula is positioned in the passageway. A visualization tool such as an endoscope is passed through a lumen or channel in the cannula to aid in visualization of the anatomical site of interest. A balloon dilation catheter is then deployed through or along the cannula so as to place the balloon within or across the constricted anatomical space (e.g., ostium). The balloon is then expanded so as to expand at least a portion of the constricted anatomical space. Alternative embodiments include the use of an optional guide wire and incorporating a endoscope lumen through the balloon dilation catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ENTELLUS MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Peter T. Keith, Theodore O. Truitt, Thomas V. Ressemann, John R. Drontle, Joel R. Munsinger, Anthony J. Hanson
  • Patent number: 9662235
    Abstract: A handle for delivering a medical device comprises a housing having therein a wheel, a rack, and a catheter member. The wheel comprises a pinion gear that selectively engages gear teeth on the rack. The rack is selectively engaged and disengaged from the pinion gear in order to reduce the force necessary to manually pull the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joel R. Munsinger, Gary J. Pederson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160175516
    Abstract: Elongate tubular medical devices having increased fluid flow are disclosed. The elongate devices may have a parking space within a lumen for withdrawing a treatment device from the body while retaining the treatment device within the elongate device. The parking space may provide for a fluid flow through the elongate device that approximates a fluid flow through the elongate device in the absence of the treatment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joel R. Munsinger, Derek C. Sutermeister
  • Publication number: 20150265339
    Abstract: A medical device for sympathetic nerve ablation includes a catheter shaft and an expandable member disposed on the catheter shaft. The balloon is configured to be able to shift between an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The medical device includes an elongate electrode assembly constructed as a flexible circuit and a protective bumper member. The elongate electrode assembly may have an outer edge and may be disposed on an outer surface of the balloon. The protective bumper member may cover at least a portion of the outer edge of the elongate electrode assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: JEFFREY S. LINDQUIST, JOSEPH ZIELINSKI, MARK S. SMITH, KEVIN MARTIN, JOEL R. MUNSINGER
  • Publication number: 20150105818
    Abstract: A method of treating a constricted sinus passageway of a patient includes traversing the canine fossa region of the patient so as to form a passageway in the sinus cavity. A cannula is positioned in the passageway. A visualization tool such as an endoscope is passed through a lumen or channel in the cannula to aid in visualization of the anatomical site of interest. A balloon dilation catheter is then deployed through or along the cannula so as to place the balloon within or across the constricted anatomical space (e.g., ostium). The balloon is then expanded so as to expand at least a portion of the constricted anatomical space. Alternative embodiments include the use of an optional guide wire and incorporating a endoscope lumen through the balloon dilation catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Peter T. Keith, Theodore O. Truitt, Thomas V. Ressemann, John R. Drontle, Joel R. Munsinger, Anthony J. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20140378968
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using the same are disclosed. An example medical device may include a medical device for ablation procedures. The medical device may include an elongate shaft having a distal region. An expandable member may be coupled to the distal region. One or more active electrode assemblies may be coupled to the expandable member. The one or more of the active electrode assemblies may include a resistive element adjacent the expandable member. The electrode assembly may include or may be used with microheaters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Derek C. Sutermeister, Martin R. Willard, Timothy A. Ostroot, Joel R. Munsinger, Kenneth R. Larson, Prabodh Mathur
  • Publication number: 20140378966
    Abstract: A renal nerve ablation device may include an elongate tubular member having a distal region. An expandable member may be coupled to the distal region. An electrode support may be coupled to the distal region of the elongate tubular member and extend over a body of the expandable member. The electrode support may be free of connection to the body of the expandable member. One or more electrodes may be coupled to the electrode support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: PATRICK A. HAVERKOST, JOEL N. GROFF, MARTIN R. WILLARD, TIMOTHY A. OSTROOT, DEREK C. SUTERMEISTER, CASS A. HANSON, DANIEL T. QUILLIN, JOEL R. MUNSINGER
  • Patent number: 8915938
    Abstract: A method of treating a constricted sinus passageway of a patient includes traversing the canine fossa region of the patient so as to form a passageway in the sinus cavity. A cannula is positioned in the passageway. A visualization tool such as an endoscope is passed through a lumen or channel in the cannula to aid in visualization of the anatomical site of interest. A balloon dilation catheter is then deployed through or along the cannula so as to place the balloon within or across the constricted anatomical space (e.g., ostium). The balloon is then expanded so as to expand at least a portion of the constricted anatomical space. Alternative embodiments include the use of an optional guide wire and incorporating a endoscope lumen through the balloon dilation catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Entellus Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Peter T. Keith, Theodore O. Truitt, Thomas V. Ressemann, John R. Drontle, Joel R. Munsinger, Anthony J. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20140100562
    Abstract: Systems for nerve and tissue modulation are disclosed. An example system may include an intravascular nerve modulation system including an elongated shaft having a proximal end region and a distal end region. The system may further include one or more ablation electrodes affixed to the distal end region of the elongated shaft. One or more ground pad electrodes may be provided and connected to a processor configured to modulate the impedance of each circuit completed between the ablation electrodes and the ground pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: DEREK C. SUTERMEISTER, JOEL R. MUNSINGER, TIMOTHY A. OSTROOT, JAMES M. ANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20130268049
    Abstract: A handle for delivering a medical device comprises a housing having therein a wheel, a rack, and a catheter member. The wheel comprises a pinion gear that selectively engages gear teeth on the rack. The rack is selectively engaged and disengaged from the pinion gear in order to reduce the force necessary to manually pull the rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel R. Munsinger, Gary J. Pederson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120010646
    Abstract: A method of treating a constricted sinus passageway of a patient includes traversing the canine fossa region of the patient so as to form a passageway in the sinus cavity. A cannula is positioned in the passageway. A visualization tool such as an endoscope is passed through a lumen or channel in the cannula to aid in visualization of the anatomical site of interest. A balloon dilation catheter is then deployed through or along the cannula so as to place the balloon within or across the constricted anatomical space (e.g., ostium). The balloon is then expanded so as to expand at least a portion of the constricted anatomical space. Alternative embodiments include the use of an optional guide wire and incorporating a endoscope lumen through the balloon dilation catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: ENTELLUS MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Peter T. Keith, Theodore O. Truitt, Thomas V. Ressemann, John R. Drontle, Joel R. Munsinger, Anthony J. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20080172033
    Abstract: A method of treating a constricted sinus passageway of a patient includes traversing the canine fossa region of the patient so as to form a passageway in the sinus cavity. A cannula is positioned in the passageway. A visualization tool such as an endoscope is passed through a lumen or channel in the cannula to aid in visualization of the anatomical site of interest. A balloon dilation catheter is then deployed through or along the cannula so as to place the balloon within or across the constricted anatomical space (e.g., ostium). The balloon is then expanded so as to expand at least a portion of the constricted anatomical space. Alternative embodiments include the use of an optional guide wire and incorporating a endoscope lumen through the balloon dilation catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: ENTELLUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Peter T. Keith, Theodore O. Truitt, Thomas V. Ressemann, John R. Drontle, Joel R. Munsinger, Anthony J. Hanson
  • Patent number: 6942686
    Abstract: A method for enhancing cerebral blood flow in a patient. The patient's baseline cerebral blood flow is measured. An artery of the patient is cooled or warmed to produce vasodilatation of the artery. The artery is typically one or more of the left or right common carotid artery, left or right internal carotid artery, left or right middle cerebral artery, anterior cerebral artery, left or right vertebral artery, or basilar artery. Vasodilatation enhances cerebral blood flow. The enhanced cerebral blood flow is measured after cooling or warming the artery. The enhanced cerebral blood flow is compared to the baseline cerebral blood flow. Cooling or warming is then adjusted as needed to achieve a desired enhancement in cerebral blood flow. Devices for cooling and warming are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: CoAxia, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise R. Barbut, Jon P. St. Germain, Joel R. Munsinger
  • Patent number: 6848448
    Abstract: Methods are provided for cerebral perfusion augmentation in patients suffering from global or focal cerebral ischemia. Methods include partial or complete obstruction of the femoral or iliac arteries or the inferior vena cava, external compression of the iliac, femoral, or brachial arteries, placing the patient in a trendelenberg position, applying one or more compression members to the extremities, or removing portion(s) of cerebral spinal fluid. Partial obstruction of a vessel can be accomplished by a device comprising an elongate catheter and a distally mounted expandable member. The expandable member may comprise one or two balloons. Other medical devices, such as an angioplasty, stent, or atherectomy catheter, can be inserted distal the expandable member to provide additional therapeutic intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: CoAxia, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon P. St. Germain, Peter T. Keith, Denise R. Barbut, Steven W. Berhow, Joel R. Munsinger
  • Patent number: 6790221
    Abstract: Methods for making a loaded catheter assembly for delivering a self-expanding stent where the self-expanding stent is carried in a compressed state and the compressed stent has an inside diameter smaller than the outside diameter of the catheter distal tip. The methods can utilize catheter sub-assemblies lacking already attached tips or having partially formed distal tips. A stent can be proximally and co-axially slid over the distal end of the catheter shaft and constrained by a retractable sheath disposed co-axially about the compressed stent. The catheter distal tip can be added or more fully formed after the loading of the stent. Some catheters include a preformed distal conical tip held in position by a heat-shrink film. Other catheters have an elastomeric distal tip waist for slipping over and engaging an outward projection on the catheter shaft distal region. Some catheters are adapted to engage catheter shaft distal threaded regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Monroe, Andrew D. Bicek, Joel Phillips, Joel R. Munsinger, David Sogard
  • Patent number: 6458867
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical device comprising at least one tubular member having an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface of the tubular member is at least occasionally subjected to contact with at least one second surface. The tubular member therefore comprises a hydrophilic lubricious coating disposed on its inner surface to reduce the friction between the inner surface of the tubular member and the second surface which is caused by movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lixiao Wang, Dachuan Yang, John Jianhua Chen, Yiqun Bruce Wang, Lance A. Monroe, Joel R. Munsinger
  • Publication number: 20020052641
    Abstract: Methods for making a loaded catheter assembly for delivering a self-expanding stent where the self-expanding stent is carried in a compressed state and the compressed stent has an inside diameter smaller than the outside diameter of the catheter distal tip. The methods can utilize catheter sub-assemblies lacking already attached tips or having partially formed distal tips. A stent can be proximally and co-axially slid over the distal end of the catheter shaft and constrained by a retractable sheath disposed co-axially about the compressed stent. The catheter distal tip can be added or more fully formed after the loading of the stent. Some catheters include a preformed distal conical tip held in position by a heat-shrink film. Other catheters have an elastomeric distal tip waist for slipping over and engaging an outward projection on the catheter shaft distal region. Some catheters are adapted to engage catheter shaft distal threaded regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Publication date: May 2, 2002
    Applicant: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance A. Monroe, Andrew D. Bicek, Joel Phillips, Joel R. Munsinger, David Sogard