Patents by Inventor Kyle R. Rick

Kyle R. Rick 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: 20190046277
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for enabling user preview and control of the size and shape of an electromagnetic energy field used in a surgical procedure. The disclosed system includes a selectively activatable source of microwave surgical energy in the range of about 900 mHz to about 5 gHz in operable communication with a graphical user interface and a database. The database is populated with data corresponding to the various surgical probes, such as microwave ablation antenna probes, that may include a probe identifier, the probe diameter, operational frequency of the probe, ablation length of the probe, ablation diameter of the probe, a temporal coefficient, a shape metric, and the like. The probe data is graphically presented on the graphical user interface where the surgeon may interactively view and select an appropriate surgical probe. Three-dimensional views of the probe(s) may be presented allowing the surgeon to interactively rotate the displayed image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Kyle R. Rick
  • Publication number: 20190000547
    Abstract: A microwave energy delivery and measurement system, including a microwave generator and a microwave energy delivery device, for performing medical procedures, and a remote power coupler system for measuring one or more parameters of the microwave energy signal including a remote RF sensor housed in the microwave energy delivery device and a power coupler processer coupled with the processing unit of the microwave energy delivery device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: JOSEPH D. BRANNAN, KYLE R. RICK, MANOJA WEISS, JOSHUA C. GLAZIER
  • Publication number: 20190000548
    Abstract: A microwave antenna assembly is disclosed. The antenna assembly includes a feedline having an inner conductor, an outer conductor and an inner insulator disposed therebetween. A radiating portion is also included having an unbalanced dipole antenna including a proximal portion and a distal portion that are of different lengths. The proximal portion includes at least a portion of the inner conductor and the inner insulator and the distal portion includes a conductive member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: JOSEPH D. BRANNAN, KYLE R. RICK
  • Patent number: 10111718
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for enabling user preview and control of the size and shape of an electromagnetic energy field used in a surgical procedure. The disclosed system includes a selectively activatable source of microwave surgical energy in the range of about 900 mHz to about 5 gHz in operable communication with a graphical user interface and a database. The database is populated with data corresponding to the various surgical probes, such as microwave ablation antenna probes, that may include a probe identifier, the probe diameter, operational frequency of the probe, ablation length of the probe, ablation diameter of the probe, a temporal coefficient, a shape metric, and the like. The probe data is graphically presented on the graphical user interface where the surgeon may interactively view and select an appropriate surgical probe. Three-dimensional views of the probe(s) may be presented allowing the surgeon to interactively rotate the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Kyle R. Rick
  • Publication number: 20180256239
    Abstract: A medical device for treating and analyzing tissue includes a plasma applicator having a housing. The housing includes a substantially tubular shape and defines a lumen therethrough. The lumen is in fluid communication with an ionizable media source configured to supply ionizable media thereto. The applicator also includes one or more electrodes coupled to the housing. The electrodes are adapted to couple to a power source configured to energize the electrodes to ignite the ionizable media to form a plasma plume for treating tissue. The device also includes an effluent-collection attachment coupled to the plasma applicator. The effluent-collection attachment is configured to collect a portion of a plasma effluent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: KRISTIN D. JOHNSON, KYLE R. RICK, CHRISTOPHER A. VALENTINE, MIKA N. SINANAN
  • Patent number: 10058384
    Abstract: A microwave antenna assembly is disclosed. The antenna assembly includes a feedline having an inner conductor, an outer conductor and an inner insulator disposed therebetween. A radiating portion is also included having an unbalanced dipole antenna including a proximal portion and a distal portion that are of different lengths. The proximal portion includes at least a portion of the inner conductor and the inner insulator and the distal portion includes a conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Kyle R. Rick
  • Publication number: 20180235695
    Abstract: An electrosurgical apparatus is provided. The electrosurgical apparatus includes a cannula insertable into a patient and positionable adjacent abnormal tissue. The electrosurgical apparatus includes a microwave antenna that includes a distal end having a radiating section receivable within the cannula and positionable within a patient adjacent abnormal tissue. The microwave antenna is adapted to connect to a source of electrosurgical energy for transmitting electrosurgical energy to the radiating section. A portion of the radiating section substantially encompasses a portion of the abnormal tissue and may be configured to apply pressure thereto. The microwave antenna is actuated to electrocautery treat tissue to reduce blood flow to the abnormal tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: STEVEN KIM, KYLE R. RICK, MANI N. PRAKASH
  • Patent number: 10022185
    Abstract: A microwave energy delivery and measurement system, including a microwave generator and a microwave energy delivery device, for performing medical procedures, and a remote power coupler system for measuring one or more parameters of the microwave energy signal including a remote RF sensor housed in the microwave energy delivery device and a power coupler processer coupled with the processing unit of the microwave energy delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Kyle R. Rick, Manoja Weiss, Joshua C. Glazier
  • Patent number: 9974594
    Abstract: A medical device for treating and analyzing tissue includes a plasma applicator having a housing. The housing includes a substantially tubular shape and defines a lumen therethrough. The lumen is in fluid communication with an ionizable media source configured to supply ionizable media thereto. The applicator also includes one or more electrodes coupled to the housing. The electrodes are adapted to couple to a power source configured to energize the electrodes to ignite the ionizable media to form a plasma plume for treating tissue. The device also includes an effluent-collection attachment coupled to the plasma applicator. The effluent-collection attachment is configured to collect a portion of a plasma effluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kristin D. Johnson, Kyle R. Rick, Christopher A. Valentine, Mika N. Sinanan
  • Publication number: 20180078308
    Abstract: A system and method for supplying microwave energy to tissue for microwave therapy includes an electrosurgical generator having an output for coupling to a surgical instrument. The electrosurgical generator includes a microwave energy source and a controller for controlling the operation of the electrosurgical generator. The surgical instrument, coupled to the electrosurgical generator, includes a microwave antenna for delivering microwave energy from the microwave energy source. The controller of the electrosurgical generator is operable for causing the electrosurgical generator to apply at least two pulses of microwave energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: KYLE R. RICK, JOSEPH A. PAULUS, DARION R. PETERSON, MANI N. PRAKASH, FRANCESCA ROSSETTO
  • Patent number: 9888962
    Abstract: An electrosurgical apparatus is provided. The electrosurgical apparatus includes a cannula insertable into a patient and positionable adjacent abnormal tissue. The electrosurgical apparatus includes a microwave antenna that includes a distal end having a radiating section receivable within the cannula and positionable within a patient adjacent abnormal tissue. The microwave antenna is adapted to connect to a source of electrosurgical energy for transmitting electrosurgical energy to the radiating section. A portion of the radiating section substantially encompasses a portion of the abnormal tissue and may be configured to apply pressure thereto. The microwave antenna is actuated to electrocautery treat tissue to reduce blood flow to the abnormal tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Steven Kim, Kyle R. Rick, Mani N. Prakash
  • Patent number: 9867664
    Abstract: A method of deploying an antenna of an ablation device includes the step of placing an introducing member relative to tissue. The introducing member is disposed on a distal end of a handle member. The method also includes the steps of advancing an antenna distally through the handle member and at least partially through the introducer and rotating the handle member about the longitudinal axis thereof relative to the antenna. The method also includes the step of moving the handle member proximally along the longitudinal axis thereof to retract the introducer proximally relative to the antenna such that the antenna is at least partially deployed relative to the introducer to treat tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Brian Shiu, Kyle R. Rick, Mani N. Prakash
  • Patent number: 9867670
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for enabling user preview and control of the size and shape of an electromagnetic energy field used in a surgical procedure. The disclosed system includes a selectively activatable source of microwave surgical energy in the range of about 900 mHz to about 5 gHz in operable communication with a graphical user interface and a database. The database is populated with data corresponding to the various surgical probes, such as microwave ablation antenna probes, that may include a probe identifier, the probe diameter, operational frequency of the probe, ablation length of the probe, ablation diameter of the probe, a temporal coefficient, a shape metric, and the like. The probe data is graphically presented on the graphical user interface where the surgeon may interactively view and select an appropriate surgical probe. Three-dimensional views of the probe(s) may be presented allowing the surgeon to interactively rotate the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Kyle R. Rick
  • Patent number: 9861439
    Abstract: A microwave antenna assembly is disclosed. The antenna assembly includes a feedline having an inner conductor, an outer conductor and an inner insulator disposed therebetween. A radiating portion is also included having an unbalanced dipole antenna including a proximal portion and a distal portion that are of different lengths. The proximal portion includes at least a portion of the inner conductor and the inner insulator and the distal portion includes a conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Kyle R. Rick
  • Patent number: 9827043
    Abstract: A system and method for supplying microwave energy to tissue for microwave therapy includes an electrosurgical generator having an output for coupling to a surgical instrument. The electrosurgical generator includes a microwave energy source and a controller for controlling the operation of the electrosurgical generator. The surgical instrument, coupled to the electrosurgical generator, includes a microwave antenna for delivering microwave energy from the microwave energy source. The controller of the electrosurgical generator is operable for causing the electrosurgical generator to apply at least two pulses of microwave energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kyle R. Rick, Joseph A. Paulus, Darion R. Peterson, Mani N. Prakash, Francesca Rossetto
  • Publication number: 20170303999
    Abstract: An ablation device includes an antenna assembly having a radiating portion configured to deliver energy from a power source to tissue. The radiating portion has an outer conductor and an inner conductor. The inner conductor is disposed within the outer conductor. The device also includes an imaging device operably coupled to the radiating portion. The imaging device is configured to generate imaging data corresponding to tissue proximate the radiating portion of the antenna assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Steven Kim, Kyle R. Rick, Mani N. Prakash
  • Patent number: 9713497
    Abstract: An ablation device includes an antenna assembly having a radiating portion configured to deliver energy from a power source to tissue. The radiating portion has an outer conductor and an inner conductor. The inner conductor is disposed within the outer conductor. The device also includes an imaging device operably coupled to the radiating portion. The imaging device is configured to generate imaging data corresponding to tissue proximate the radiating portion of the antenna assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Steven Kim, Kyle R. Rick, Mani N. Prakash
  • Publication number: 20170202618
    Abstract: A directional reflector assembly includes a tubular shaft having a proximal end and a distal end and adapted to operably engage an electrosurgical ablation probe, and a conical aperture having a proximal open apex joined to a distal end of the tubular shaft, and a distal open base, wherein an interior volume of the tubular shaft is open to the conical aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: KENLYN S. BONN, DARION PETERSON, JOSEPH D. BRANNAN, KYLE R. RICK
  • Patent number: 9622816
    Abstract: A directional reflector assembly includes a tubular shaft having a proximal end and a distal end and adapted to operably engage an electrosurgical ablation probe, and a conical aperture having a proximal open apex joined to a distal end of the tubular shaft, and a distal open base, wherein an interior volume of the tubular shaft is open to the conical aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kenlyn S. Bonn, Darion Peterson, Joseph D. Brannan, Kyle R. Rick
  • Patent number: 9603663
    Abstract: A method of performing an ablation procedure includes inserting an antenna assembly into tissue and supplying energy thereto for application to tissue. The method also includes causing contact between a first material and at least one other material disposed within the antenna assembly to thermally regulate the antenna assembly. According to another embodiment, an ablation system includes an energy delivery assembly. A first chamber is defined within the energy delivery assembly and is configured to hold a first chemical. Another chamber is defined within the energy delivery assembly and is configured to hold at least one other chemical. The first chamber and the other chamber are configured to selectively and fluidly communicate with each other to cause contact between the first chemical and the at least one other chemical to cause an endothermic reaction and/or an exothermic reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Mani N. Prakash, Kyle R. Rick, Francesca Rossetto