Patents by Inventor Lee Bolduc

Lee Bolduc 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: 10357230
    Abstract: A guide device establishes a guide passage through a guide tube, through which an operative tool can be deployed into an interior body region for use. A steering assembly, in use, deflects or bends the distal end region of the guide tube, so that the operative tool can be placed in a desired orientation with respect to tissue. The steering assembly is desirable configured for single handed operation by the clinician. The steering assembly is also desirably configured to provide a mechanical advantage sufficient to translate relatively small increments of clinician control into relatively larger increments of guide tube deflection. In one arrangement, the steering assembly includes a rack and pinion linkage system. In another arrangement, the steering assembly includes a pivoting lever system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee Bolduc
  • Patent number: 10299791
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for implanting radially expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on tacking or anchoring of the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable. After initial placement, a fastener applier system is introduced within the expanded prostheses to deploy a plurality of fasteners at least one prosthesis end, usually as each end of the prosthesis. The fasteners are usually helical fasteners which are delivered from a helical track in the fastener applier by rotation with a rotator wire. The fasteners will be applied singly, typically in circumferentially spaced-apart patterns about the interior of each end of the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventor: Lee Bolduc
  • Publication number: 20190111239
    Abstract: An endovascular guide catheter includes a guide tube and a handle. The flexible guide tube has a distal end portion configured to deflect via actuation of a pull wire. The handle is coupled to the guide tube and comprises a steering assembly configured to actuate the pull wire to deflect the distal end portion of the guide tube. The steering assembly can comprise a stationary rack, a gear, a reel, and a slider. The gear engages the rack and the reel is coupled to and configured to rotate with the gear. The pull wire is coupled to the reel such that rotation of the reel causes the pull wire to wind or unwind around the reel. The slider is adapted for translation relative to the rack. Translation of the slider translates the reel relative to the rack and rotation of the gear along the rack rotates the reel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Jimmy Jen
  • Patent number: 10194905
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for implanting expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on stapling or anchoring the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable, and may include a single lumen or more than one lumen. After initial placement, a stapling system is introduced within the expanded prosthesis to deploy a plurality of fasteners to at least one prosthesis end. The stapling system may apply a force to the prosthesis to modify the shape of the prosthesis to conform to the shape of the vessel wall. The stapling system can be deflected in one or more distinct steerable segments. A lumen extension or lumens may be coupled to the prosthesis to extend the reach of the prosthesis within the implantation site. Fasteners may also be applied to the lumen extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Jimmy Jen
  • Patent number: 10188833
    Abstract: An endovascular guide catheter includes a guide tube and a handle. The flexible guide tube has a distal end portion configured to deflect via actuation of a pull wire. The handle is coupled to the guide tube and comprises a steering assembly configured to actuate the pull wire to deflect the distal end portion of the guide tube. The steering assembly can comprise a stationary rack, a gear, a reel, and a slider. The gear engages the rack and the reel is coupled to and configured to rotate with the gear. The pull wire is coupled to the reel such that rotation of the reel causes the pull wire to wind or unwind around the reel. The slider is adapted for translation relative to the rack. Translation of the slider translates the reel relative to the rack and rotation of the gear along the rack rotates the reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Jimmy Jen
  • Patent number: 10098770
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for implanting prostheses in the body lumens rely on tacking or anchoring the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. After initial placement, a fastener applier system is introduced within the expanded prostheses to deploy a plurality of fasteners to at least one prosthesis end. The fasteners are usually helical fasteners which are releasably restrained on the fastener driver, and are delivered by rotation of the fastener driver. The fasteners may be applied singly, typically in circumferentially spaced-apart patterns about the interior of at least one end of the prosthesis. A lumen extension or lumens may be coupled to the prosthesis to extend the reach of the prosthesis within the implantation site. Fasteners may also be applied to the lumen extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Andrew L Chiang, Jimmy Jen, Joshua Stafford
  • Publication number: 20180235787
    Abstract: A fenestrated aortic cuff is configured to be delivered endovascularly to a target region, deployed, fastened, and sealed to a vessel wall, e.g., in a neck region of an aortic aneurysm. Example fenestrated cuffs provide a suitable landing zone for a commercially available endograft, which may be, in some cases, positioned below or above the renal arteries in order to complete exclusion of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA), respectively, from systematic circulation. In some cases, fenestrated cuff function is facilitated and improved by employing active fixation and sealing mechanisms, including, e.g., helical fasteners, which may allow deployment of the fenestrated cuff in short neck regions with limited sealing area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Lee BOLDUC, Bart MUHS
  • Patent number: 9974671
    Abstract: A fenestrated aortic cuff is configured to be delivered endovascularly to a target region, deployed, fastened, and sealed to a vessel wall, e.g., in a neck region of an aortic aneurysm. Example fenestrated cuffs provide a suitable landing zone for a commercially available endograft, which may be, in some cases, positioned below or above the renal arteries in order to complete exclusion of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA), respectively, from systematic circulation. In some cases, fenestrated cuff function is facilitated and improved by employing active fixation and sealing mechanisms, including, e.g., helical fasteners, which may allow deployment of the fenestrated cuff in short neck regions with limited sealing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Bart Muhs
  • Patent number: 9968353
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods utilize an intraluminal fastener applier having a guide body with a longitudinal axis. The guide body is sized and configured for intraluminal deployment in a hollow body organ. An actuated assembly is carried by the guide body that is selectively operable to generate an implantation force to implant at least one fastener into tissue within the hollow body organ. The actuated assembly includes a driven member extending generally along the longitudinal axis, which is sized and configured to engage a selected fastener. The actuated assembly also includes a drive member coupled to the driven member to impart the implantation force to the driven element in a direction that is at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the guide body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Juan Parodi
  • Patent number: 9848869
    Abstract: Systems and methods for deploying a prosthesis in a tissue region in a hollow body organ or blood vessel provide a first prosthesis and a second prosthesis, each having a prosthetic material and a scaffold that supports the prosthetic material. The first prosthesis has a proximal neck region, and the second prosthesis has an end region. The end region is sized and configured to telescopically fit with the proximal neck region to form a composite prosthesis. The systems and methods manipulate a fastener attachment assembly to implant at least one fastener to secure the composite prosthesis in the tissue region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Juan Parodi
  • Patent number: 9808250
    Abstract: Systems and methods introduce and deploy prosthesis into a blood vessel or hollow body organ by intra-vascular access. The prosthesis is secured in place by fasteners which are implanted by an applier that is also deployed by intra-vascular access. The applier is configured to permit controlled, selective release of the fastener in a step that is independent of the step of implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Philip Houle
  • Publication number: 20170303922
    Abstract: Systems and methods introduce and prosthesis into a blood vessel or hollow body organ by intra-vascular access. The prosthesis is secured in place by fasteners which are implanted by an applier that is also deployed by intra-vascular access. The applier is configured to permit controlled, selective release of the fastener in a step that is independent of the step of implantation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Philip Houle
  • Patent number: 9744021
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for implanting radially expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on tacking or anchoring the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable, and may include a single lumen or more than one lumen. After initial placement, a fastener applier system is introduced within the expanded prostheses to deploy a plurality of fasteners to at least one prosthesis end. The fasteners are usually helical fasteners which are releasably restrained on the fastener driver, and are delivered by rotation of the fastener driver. The fasteners may be applied singly, typically in circumferentially spaced-apart patterns about the interior of at least one end of the prosthesis. A lumen extension or lumens may be coupled to the prosthesis to extend the reach of the prosthesis within the implantation site. Fasteners may also be applied to the lumen extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee Bolduc
  • Publication number: 20170079634
    Abstract: A guide device establishes a guide passage through a guide tube, through which an operative tool can be deployed into an interior body region for use. A steering assembly, in use, deflects or bends the distal end region of the guide tube, so that the operative tool can be placed in a desired orientation with respect to tissue. The steering assembly is desirable configured for single handed operation by the clinician. The steering assembly is also desirably configured to provide a mechanical advantage sufficient to translate relatively small increments of clinician control an to relatively larger increments of guide tube deflection. In one arrangement, the steering assembly includes a rack and pinion linkage system. In another arrangement, the steering assembly includes a pivoting lever system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventor: LEE BOLDUC
  • Publication number: 20160361058
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for implanting expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on stapling or anchoring the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable, and may include a single lumen or wore than one lumen. After initial placement, a stapling system is introduced within the expanded prosthesis to deploy a plurality of fasteners to at least one prosthesis end. The stapling system may apply a force to the prosthesis to modify the shape of the prosthesis to conform to the shape of the vessel wall. The stapling system can be deflected in one or more distinct steerable segments. A lumen extension or lumens may be coupled to the prosthesis to extend the reach of the prosthesis within the implantation site. Fasteners may also be applied to the lumen extensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Jimmy Jen
  • Publication number: 20160206853
    Abstract: An endovascular guide catheter includes a guide tube and a handle. The flexible guide tube has a distal end portion configured to deflect via actuation of a pull wire. The handle is coupled to the guide tube and comprises a steering assembly configured to actuate the pull wire to deflect the distal end portion of the guide tube. The steering assembly can comprise a stationary rack, a gear, a reel, and a slider. The gear engages the rack and the reel is coupled to and configured to rotate with the gear. The pull wire is coupled to the reel such that rotation of the reel causes the pull wire to wind or unwind around the reel. The slider is adapted for translation relative to the rack. Translation of the slider translates the reel relative to the rack and rotation of the gear along the rack rotates the reel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Jimmy Jen
  • Publication number: 20160199062
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for implanting radially expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on tacking or anchoring of the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable. After initial placement, a fastener applier system is introduced within the expanded prostheses to deploy a plurality of fasteners at least one prosthesis end, usually as each end of the prosthesis. The fasteners are usually helical fasteners which are delivered from a helical track in the fastener applier by rotation with a rotator wire. The fasteners will be applied singly, typically in circumferentially spaced-apart patterns about the interior of each end of the prosthesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventor: Lee Bolduc
  • Publication number: 20160193450
    Abstract: A guide device establishes a guide passage through a guide tube, through which an operative tool can be deployed into an interior body region for use. A steering assembly, in use, deflects or bends the distal end region of the guide tube, so that the operative tool can be placed in a desired orientation with respect to tissue. The steering assembly is desirable configured for single handed operation by the clinician. The steering assembly is also desirably configured to provide a mechanical advantage sufficient to translate relatively small increments of clinician control into relatively larger increments of guide tube deflection. In one arrangement, the steering assembly includes a rack and pinion linkage system. In another arrangement, the steering assembly includes a pivoting lever system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventor: LEE BOLDUC
  • Publication number: 20160193027
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for implanting radially expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on tacking or anchoring the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable, and may include a single lumen or more than one lumen. After initial placement, a fastener applier system is introduced within the expanded prostheses to deploy a plurality of fasteners to at least one prosthesis end. The fasteners are usually helical fasteners which are releasably restrained on the fastener driver, and are delivered by rotation of the fastener driver. The fasteners may be applied singly, typically in circumferentially spaced-apart patterns about the interior of at least one end of the prosthesis. A lumen extension or lumens may be coupled to the prosthesis to extend the reach of the prosthesis within the implantation site. Fasteners may also be applied to the lumen extensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventor: Lee Bolduc
  • Publication number: 20160120667
    Abstract: A fenestrated aortic cuff is configured to be delivered endovascularly to a target region, deployed, fastened, and sealed to a vessel wall, e.g., in a neck region of an aortic aneurysm. Example fenestrated cuffs provide a suitable landing zone for a commercially available endograft, which may be, in some cases, positioned below or above the renal arteries in order to complete exclusion of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA), respectively, from systematic circulation. In some cases, fenestrated cuff function is facilitated and improved by employing active fixation and sealing mechanisms, including, e.g., helical fasteners, which may allow deployment of the fenestrated cuff in short neck regions with limited sealing area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Bart Muhs