Patents by Inventor Kenneth M. Alo

Kenneth M. Alo 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: 20090318986
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for the treatment of heart failure (both systolic and diastolic), hypertension, and arrhythmia in patients by stimulating one or more nerves, particularly peripheral nerves, using neurostimulation are described. The therapeutic treatment is accomplished by applying electrical signals to at least one or more nerves using cutaneous, subcutaneous, implantable, or catheter-based neurostimulation assemblies, alone or in combination with one or more additional therapy or stimulation devices associated with the patient's heart, and/or with one or more therapeutic drug infusions or therapies, such as immune modulation therapy (IMT).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Alo, Guillermo Torre-Amione
  • Patent number: 7319904
    Abstract: There is disclosed a surgical lead comprising two percutaneous lead bodies bonded together. The inventive lead body results in the equivalent of a surgical lead body with columns of electrodes either adjacent to or offset from each other. A bridge of urethane material is used to bond together the percutaneous lead bodies and still provide suitable flexibility of the lead. The surface of the electrodes may be coated, in part, with a suitable non-conductive coating to effectively direct the electrical stimulation signals toward the targeted stimulation area. Significantly, the resulting lead is sized to fit within a needle having a similar cross-section, thereby permitting the percutaneous implantation of the inventive lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Cross, Jr., Vladimir Redko, Kenneth M. Alo
  • Publication number: 20030229387
    Abstract: There is disclosed a surgical lead comprising two percutaneous lead bodies bonded together. The inventive lead body results in the equivalent of a surgical lead body with columns of electrodes either adjacent to or offset from each other. A bridge of urethane material is used to bond together the percutaneous lead bodies and still provide suitable flexibility of the lead. The surface of the electrodes may be coated, in part, with a suitable non-conductive coating to effectively direct the electrical stimulation signals toward the targeted stimulation area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Cross, Vladimir Redko, Kenneth M. Alo
  • Patent number: 6587733
    Abstract: There is disclosed a surgical lead comprising two percutaneous lead bodies bonded together. The inventive lead body results in the equivalent of a surgical lead body with columns of electrodes either adjacent to or offset from each other. A bridge of urethane material is used to bond together the percutaneous lead bodies and still provide suitable flexibility of the lead. The surface of the electrodes may be coated, in part, with a suitable non-conductive coating to effectively direct the electrical stimulation signals toward the targeted stimulation area. Significantly, the resulting lead is sized to fit within a needle having a similar cross-section, thereby permitting the percutaneous implantation of the inventive lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Cross, Jr., Vladimir Redko, Kenneth M. Alo
  • Patent number: 6553264
    Abstract: A needle and method for introduction of a paddle style lead near a spinal column or other nervous system structures, central or peripheral, of a patient includes a body having a proximal end and a distal end, and a lumen with a continuous oblong cross section. The distal end of the body has an introducer portion where the top side of the introducer has an orifice to allow for protrusion of the paddle style lead from the lumen into the spinal column area or into or near other nervous system structures. The needle has a hub affixed to the proximal end of the body which is adapted to receive a stylet. The needle may also have a stylet that is inserted within the lumen. The introducer of the needle has a curvature extending from the bottom side toward the top side at the distal end and guides the introduction of the paddle style lead near the spinal column or other nervous system structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Medtronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Redko, Kenneth M. Alo
  • Publication number: 20030036787
    Abstract: A needle and method for introduction of a paddle style lead near a spinal column or other nervous system structures, central or peripheral, of a patient includes a body having a proximal end and a distal end, and a lumen with a continuous oblong cross section. The distal end of the body has an introducer portion where the top side of the introducer has an orifice to allow for protrusion of the paddle style lead from the lumen into the spinal column area or into or near other nervous system structures. The needle has a hub affixed to the proximal end of the body which is adapted to receive a stylet. The needle may also have a stylet that is inserted within the lumen. The introducer of the needle has a curvature extending from the bottom side toward the top side at the distal end and guides the introduction of the paddle style lead near the spinal column or other nervous system structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventors: Vladimir Redko, Kenneth M. Alo
  • Patent number: 6309401
    Abstract: A needle and method for introduction of a paddle style lead near a spinal column or other nervous system structures, central or peripheral, of a patient includes a body having a proximal end and a distal end, and a lumen with a continuous oblong cross section. The distal end of the body has an introducer portion where the top side of the introducer has an orifice to allow for protrusion of the paddle style lead from the lumen into the spinal column area or into or near other nervous system structures. The needle has a hub affixed to the proximal end of the body which is adapted to receive a stylet. The needle may also have a stylet that is inserted within the lumen. The introducer of the needle has a curvature extending from the bottom side toward the top side at the distal end and guides the introduction of the paddle style lead near the spinal column or other nervous system structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventors: Vladimir Redko, Kenneth M. Alo
  • Patent number: 6104957
    Abstract: A method of managing chronic pain and/or symptoms of motor dysfunction produced by a variety of disorders or conditions. The method includes techniques for positioning one or more stimulation leads so as to enable delivery of electrical energy to epidural spinal nervous tissue, spinal ganglia, nerve plexi, or peripheral nerves using superior-to-inferior and/or trans-spinal advancement relative to a vertebral column and stimulating selected spinal nervous tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Alo, Claudio A. Feler
  • Patent number: 6002964
    Abstract: A method of managing chronic pain produced by a variety of disorders or conditions which afflict the pelvic region and which is transmitted through the lumbosacral region of the human body. The method includes techniques for positioning one or more stimulation leads within or about the sacrum to enable electrical energy to be applied to spinal nervous tissue, including nerve roots, to inhibit the transmission of pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventors: Claudio A. Feler, Kenneth M. Alo