Patents by Inventor Kristen Jaax

Kristen Jaax 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: 20180361165
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Publication number: 20180161573
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system and method of providing therapy to a patient implanted with a plurality of electrodes using a plurality of electrical sources is provided. A source-electrode coupling configuration is determined from the electrical sources and electrodes. Electrical current is respectively conveyed between active ones of the plurality of electrical sources and active subsets of the plurality of electrodes in accordance with the determined source-electrode coupling configuration. The total number of the electrodes in the active electrode subsets is greater than the total number of the active electrical sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Patent number: 9913975
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system and method of providing therapy to a patient implanted with a plurality of electrodes using a plurality of electrical sources is provided. A source-electrode coupling configuration is determined from the electrical sources and electrodes. Electrical current is respectively conveyed between active ones of the plurality of electrical sources and active subsets of the plurality of electrodes in accordance with the determined source-electrode coupling configuration. The total number of the electrodes in the active electrode subsets is greater than the total number of the active electrical sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20170296833
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Patent number: 9737703
    Abstract: Methods of providing therapy to a patient are provided. In one method, the patient has a neuron to which a sub-threshold biological electrical stimulus is applied. The method comprises applying electrical noise energy to the neuron, wherein resonance between the biological electrical stimulus and the electrical noise energy is created, such that an action potential is propagated along the axon of the neuron. In another method, the patient has a neuron to which a supra-threshold biological electrical stimulus is applied. This method comprises applying supra-threshold electrical noise energy to the neuron, thereby preventing an action potential from being propagated along the axon of the neuron. Still another method comprises applying an electrical stimulus to a neuron, and applying supra-threshold electrical noise energy to the neuron, thereby preventing or reversing any neurological accommodation of the neuron that may occur in response to the electrical stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Michael Moffitt, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Courtney Lane
  • Publication number: 20170136246
    Abstract: A system for performing a neurostimulation trial comprises an external trial stimulator capable of delivering stimulation energy to a plurality of electrodes carried by one or more stimulation leads. The external trial stimulator is configurable to operate in a plurality of stimulation energy delivery modes to respectively emulate one of different neurostimulator types. The system may further comprise a programmer capable of configuring the external trial stimulator to operate in one of the stimulation energy delivery modes. The programmer may be capable of generating a first programming screen capable of allowing a first set of stimulation parameters to be defined for the first neurostimulator type, and a second programming screen capable of allowing a second set of stimulation parameters to be defined for a second neurostimulator type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Brett D. Schleicher
  • Publication number: 20170072198
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient having a dysfunction using a stimulation lead within the brain of a patient is provided. The stimulation lead carries a plurality of electrodes adjacent to a plurality of brain regions. Pulsed electrical waveforms having different sets of stimulation parameters are generated and then concurrently delivered to the plurality of electrodes, thereby concurrently stimulating the plurality of brain regions to treat the dysfunction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: James C. Makous, Courtney C. Lane, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20170001002
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system and method of providing therapy to a patient implanted with a plurality of electrodes using a plurality of electrical sources is provided. A source-electrode coupling configuration is determined from the electrical sources and electrodes. Electrical current is respectively conveyed between active ones of the plurality of electrical sources and active subsets of the plurality of electrodes in accordance with the determined source-electrode coupling configuration. The total number of the electrodes in the active electrode subsets is greater than the total number of the active electrical sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Patent number: 9452288
    Abstract: A system for performing a neurostimulation trial comprises an external trial stimulator capable of delivering stimulation energy to a plurality of electrodes carried by one or more stimulation leads. The external trial stimulator is configurable to operate in a plurality of stimulation energy delivery modes to respectively emulate one of different neurostimulator types. The system may further comprise a programmer capable of configuring the external trial stimulator to operate in one of the stimulation energy delivery modes. The programmer may be capable of generating a first programming screen capable of allowing a first set of stimulation parameters to be defined for the first neurostimulator type, and a second programming screen capable of allowing a second set of stimulation parameters to be defined for a second neurostimulator type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Brett D Schleicher
  • Patent number: 9446231
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system and method of providing therapy to a patient implanted with a plurality of electrodes using a plurality of electrical sources is provided. A source-electrode coupling configuration is determined from the electrical sources and electrodes. Electrical current is respectively conveyed between active ones of the plurality of electrical sources and active subsets of the plurality of electrodes in accordance with the determined source-electrode coupling configuration. The total number of the electrodes in the active electrode subsets is greater than the total number of the active electrical sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Patent number: 9345878
    Abstract: A method for determining a change in position of a neurostimulation lead relative to a stimulation target tissue of a patient is provided. The method comprises implanting a first proximity sensor on a surface of the patient, implanting a second proximity sensor on the surface of the patient, measuring a change in a distance between the first and second proximity sensors, and inferring the change in position of the lead relative to the stimulation target tissue from the measured change in distance. The method further comprises inferring an increase in a distance between the lead and the stimulation target tissue when the distance between the first and second proximity sensors increases. The method also comprises conveying electrical stimulation energy to therapeutically stimulate the stimulation target tissue, and modulating a stimulation parameter in response to the measured change in distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Kristen Jaax, Courtney Lane
  • Publication number: 20160101291
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Patent number: 9233247
    Abstract: A system and method for treating a patient suffering from chronic hypertension. Electrical therapeutic energy is delivered to a nerve branch of a renal artery of the patient, thereby treating the chronic hypertension. Another system and method for treating a medical condition of a patient. Electrical stimulation energy is delivered to a stimulation site on the wall of a blood vessel, thereby evoking a compound action potential in a nerve branch associated with the blood vessel, sensing the evoked compound action potential at a sensing site on the wall of the blood vessel, identifying a circumferential location of the nerve branch as being adjacent the stimulation site or sensing site based on the sensed compound action potential(s), and delivering therapeutic energy to a therapeutic site on the wall of the blood vessel adjacent the circumferential location of the nerve branch, thereby modulating the nerve branch and treating the medical condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Kristen Jaax
  • Patent number: 9043000
    Abstract: The burr hole plug comprises a plug base configured for being mounted around a burr hole, and having an aperture through which an elongated medical device exiting the burr hole may pass. The burr hole plug further comprises a retainer configured for being mounted within the plug base aperture. The retainer includes a retainer support, a slot formed in the retainer support for receiving the medical device, and a clamping mechanism having a clamping bar and a flange slidably engaged with the retainer support to laterally slide the clamping bar to secure the medical device. A method comprises introducing the medical device through the burr hole, mounting the plug base around the burr hole, mounting the retainer within the plug base aperture, receiving the medical device into the slot, and sliding the slidable flange relative to the retainer support to laterally slide to secure the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Jesse Geroy, James C. Makous, Todd Whitehurst, Matthew Flowers, John Michael Barker, Terry Ferrell, John Swoyer, Brett Schleicher, Jeff Gagnon, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai, Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Publication number: 20140276707
    Abstract: A therapy system for use with a patient and a method of treating a medical condition of a patient. Electrical stimulation energy is delivered to a stimulation site on the wall of a blood vessel, thereby evoking at least one compound action potential in a nerve branch associated with the blood vessel. The evoked compound action potential(s) is sensed at a sensing site on the wall of the blood vessel. A circumferential location of the nerve branch is identified as being adjacent one of the stimulation site and the sensing site based on the sensed compound action potential(s). Ablation energy is delivered to an ablation site on the wall of the blood vessel adjacent the circumferential location of the nerve branch, thereby ablating the nerve branch and treating the medical condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kristen Jaax
  • Publication number: 20140277282
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system and method of treating a patient. Electrical stimulation energy is delivered to a target tissue site in accordance with a stimulation parameter to treat the patient and evoke at least one compound action potential (CAP) in a population of neurons. A magnitude of the evoked CAP is measured. A function of the measured evoked CAP magnitude(s) is compared to a threshold value. The stimulation parameter is adjusted based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kristen Jaax
  • Publication number: 20140277253
    Abstract: A system and method for treating a patient suffering from chronic hypertension. Electrical therapeutic energy is delivered to a nerve branch of a renal artery of the patient, thereby treating the chronic hypertension. Another system and method for treating a medical condition of a patient. Electrical stimulation energy is delivered to a stimulation site on the wall of a blood vessel, thereby evoking a compound action potential in a nerve branch associated with the blood vessel, sensing the evoked compound action potential at a sensing site on the wall of the blood vessel, identifying a circumferential location of the nerve branch as being adjacent the stimulation site or sensing site based on the sensed compound action potential(s), and delivering therapeutic energy to a therapeutic site on the wall of the blood vessel adjacent the circumferential location of the nerve branch, thereby modulating the nerve branch and treating the medical condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kristen Jaax
  • Publication number: 20140243945
    Abstract: The burr hole plug comprises a plug base configured for being mounted around a burr hole, and having an aperture through which an elongated medical device exiting the burr hole may pass. The burr hole plug further comprises a retainer configured for being mounted within the plug base aperture. The retainer includes a retainer support, a slot formed in the retainer support for receiving the medical device, and a clamping mechanism having a clamping bar and a flange slidably engaged with the retainer support to laterally slide the clamping bar to secure the medical device. A method comprises introducing the medical device through the burr hole, mounting the plug base around the burr hole, mounting the retainer within the plug base aperture, receiving the medical device into the slot, and sliding the slidable flange relative to the retainer support to laterally slide to secure the medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Jesse Geroy, James C. Makous, Todd Whitehurst, Matthew Flowers, John Michael Barker, Terry Ferrell, John Swoyer, Brett Schleicher, Jeff Gagnon, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai, Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Patent number: 8731686
    Abstract: A burr hole plug comprises a plug base configured for being mounted around a burr hole. The plug base includes an aperture through which an elongated medical device exiting the burr hole may pass. The burr hole plug further comprises a retainer configured for being mounted within the aperture of the plug base. The retainer further includes first and second slidable clamping mechanisms configured for securing the medical devices therebetween within the aperture of the plug base. A method comprises introducing the medical device through the burr hole, mounting a plug base around the burr hole, such that the medical device extends through the plug base aperture, mounting the retainer within the aperture of the plug base, and sliding the first and second clamping mechanisms secure the medical device therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Jesse Geroy, James C. Makous, Todd Whitehurst, Matthew Flowers, John Michael Barker, Terry Ferrell, John Swoyer, Brett Schleicher, Jeff Gagnon, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai, Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Publication number: 20140084860
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous