Patents by Inventor Kenneth Michlitsch

Kenneth Michlitsch 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: 20050137696
    Abstract: Apparatus for protecting a patient against embolization during endovascular replacement of the patient's heart valve is provided, the apparatus including a replacement valve configured for endovascular delivery and deployment, and an embolic filter configured for disposal downstream of the replacement valve during deployment of the valve. Apparatus including a delivery catheter having an expandable replacement valve disposed therein, and an embolic filter advanceable along the delivery catheter for diverting emboli released during endovascular deployment of the replacement valve is also provided. Furthermore, methods for protecting a patient against embolization during endovascular replacement of the patient's heart valve are provided, the methods including the steps of endovascularly delivering a replacement valve to a vicinity of the patient's heart valve, endovascularly deploying an embolic filter downstream of the heart valve, and endovascularly deploying the replacement valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Applicant: Sadra Medical
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Brian Brandt, Dwight Morejohn, Kenneth Michlitsch, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20050080483
    Abstract: A device for reshaping a cardiac valve (26), which is elongate and has such dimensions as to be insertable into a cardiac vessel (24). The device has two states, in a first state (K) of which the device has a shape that is adaptable to the shape of the vessel (24), and to the second state (k?) of which the device is transferable from said first state (K). Further, the device comprises a fixing means (22,23;22a,23a) for fixing the ends of the device within the vessel (24), when the device is first positioned therein, a shape-changing member (20;20a) for transferring the device to the second state (K?) by reshaping it, and a delay means (21;21a) for delaying said reshaping until the fixing of the ends of the device has been reinforced by keeping said device in said first state (K) until the delay means (21;21a) is resorbed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: April 14, 2005
    Inventors: Jan Solem, Per Kimblad, Randolf Oepen, Bodo Quint, Gerd Seibold, Kenneth Michlitsch, Suk-Woo Ha, Karl-Ludwig Eckert, Ib Joergensen, Stevan Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20050075653
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for forming a gastrointestinal tissue fold by engaging tissue at a first tissue contact point and moving the first tissue contact point from a position initially distal to, or in line with, a second tissue contact point to a position proximal of the second contact point, thereby forming the tissue fold, and extending an anchor assembly through the tissue fold from a vicinity of the second tissue contact point. Adjustable anchor assemblies; as well as anchor delivery systems, shape-lockable guides and methods for endoluminally performing medical procedures, such as gastric reduction, treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, resection of lesions, and treatment of bleeding sites; are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Publication date: April 7, 2005
    Applicant: USGI Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Kenneth Michlitsch, Rich Ewers, Chris Rothe, Rodney Brenneman, Cang Lam, Eugene Chen