Patents by Inventor Mark Hera

Mark Hera 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: 20200114131
    Abstract: Devices and methods for trimming a stent to a desired length with an outer tube and an inner tube having a distal end and a diameter configured to receive a portion of the stent in excess of the desired length. The inner tube may move within the outer tube and the distal end may include an end effector configured to trim the portion from the stent while the device and stent are within a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Kimberly DeGraaf, Peter J. Pereira, Manuel Teixeira, William A. Sturos, Jefferson R. Alpizar, Jozef Slanda, Mark Hera, Michael S.H. Chu, David Salto
  • Patent number: 10532196
    Abstract: Devices and methods for trimming a stent to a desired length with an outer tube and an inner tube having a distal end and a diameter configured to receive a portion of the stent in excess of the desired length. The inner tube may move within the outer tube and the distal end may include an end effector configured to trim the portion from the stent while the device and stent are within a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly DeGraaf, Peter J. Pereira, Manuel Teixeira, William A. Sturos, Jefferson R. Alpizar, Jozef Slanda, Mark Hera, Michael S. H. Chu, David Salto
  • Publication number: 20190069926
    Abstract: Expandable access sheaths and methods for use thereof are disclosed. The access sheath may have an expandable element and flexible membrane. The access sheath may be configured to move between a non-expanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The access sheath may be biased towards the non-expanded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Clancy, Mark Hera
  • Patent number: 10219889
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes an elongate member having a distal end portion, a proximal end portion, and a medial portion that is disposed between the distal end portion and the proximal end portion. The medial portion is configured to be disposed in a ureter of a patient. The apparatus further includes an expandable member that is coupled to the elongate member. The expandable member has an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The expandable member is further configured to be inserted into the ureter of the patient and configured to contact the ureter to help retain the elongate member in place within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Deal, Ray Amos, Mark Hera, Jennifer Keeler, Jeff Smith, Nancy Deal
  • Patent number: 10143491
    Abstract: Expandable access sheaths and methods for use thereof are disclosed. The access sheath may have an expandable element and flexible membrane. The access sheath may be configured to move between a non-expanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The access sheath may be biased towards the non-expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Clancy, Mark Hera
  • Publication number: 20180256180
    Abstract: Aspects of a device are described. One aspect is a device comprising: a housing having a first portion engageable with a scope, and a second portion engageable with a handle of a retrieval device; a platform that is movable relative to the housing, and engageable with a slider of the retrieval device; and a link assembly that is coupled the housing and the platform, and operable to move the platform and slider relative to the housing and handle. Aspects of related devices and systems also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Tah, Brian MacLean, Mark Hera, Peter J. Pereira
  • Publication number: 20180161557
    Abstract: Devices and methods for trimming a stent to a desired length with an outer tube and an inner tube having a distal end and a diameter configured to receive a portion of the stent in excess of the desired length. The inner tube may move within the outer tube and the distal end may include an end effector configured to trim the portion from the stent while the device and stent are within a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Kimberly DeGraaf, Peter J. Pereira, Manuel Teixeira, William A. Sturos, Jefferson R. Alpizar, Jozef Slanda, Mark Hera, Michael S.H. Chu, David Salto
  • Publication number: 20170209162
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns systems and methods for removal of material from the body of a patient, and particularly for percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Systems according to the various embodiments of the disclosure include one or more of nested first and second components, for instance a scope nested within a suction or irrigation catheter, guidewires with self-expanding distal tips, and wash-out elements to facilitate rapid removal of stones through an access sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Erik Sperry, Ronald Ciulla, Aaron Kirkeom, Mark Hera, Sebastian Koerner
  • Publication number: 20170196590
    Abstract: Devices for guiding an instrument into a body of a patient, at a targeted point of entry and along an insertion path at a targeted insertion angle, are described herein, such as a guide for an access needle in a PCNL procedure for accessing the kidney to remove kidney stones, the devices comprising a base component, a guide assembly, and optionally an insertion mechanism. The base component is aligned in use with the point of entry and the guide assembly cooperates with the base component to allow for the instrument to be aligned and fixed at any circumferential angle around an axis perpendicular to the point of entry and at any vertical angle ranging from 0 to 45 degrees away from the axis in a direction toward the body. The optional mechanism allows for mechanical insertion once the instrument is aligned and fixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Erik E Sperry, Jerry T Long, Ronald Ciulla, Timothy P Harrah, Aaron K Kirkemo, Mark A Hera, Kenneth P Reever, Brandon W Craft, Elizabeth A Stokley, Sebastian Koerner, Chad Schneider
  • Publication number: 20170193160
    Abstract: Computer systems and computer-implemented analysis methods may be used for assistance in planning and/or performing a medical procedure, such as percutaneous nephrolithotomy or percutaneous nephrolithotripsy. The method may include receiving one or more radiographic images of an anatomical structure of a patient, generating a display of the radiographic image(s), generating at least one request for user input to identify features of the anatomical structure, receiving user input identifying the features of the anatomical structure, identifying at least one access plan based on the received user input, and generating a display of the identified access plan(s) associated with the radiographic image(s). The method may include generating a patient template that indicates an insertion site according to the identified access plan(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry T. LONG, Timothy P. HARRAH, Brandon W. CRAFT, Elizabeth A. STOKLEY, Sebastian KOERNER, Erik SPERRY, Chad SCHNEIDER, Mark HERA
  • Publication number: 20160331360
    Abstract: A medical device may include a longitudinally extending body. The longitudinally extending body may define an exterior surface and be configured for into a body of a patient. The medical device may further include a sheath coupled to and surrounding at least a portion of the longitudinally extending body. The sheath may have a selectively expandable mesh of interconnected filaments defining openings between adjacent filaments of the mesh. Further, the mesh may be configured to expand to pass a medical device along the longitudinally extending body, between the sheath and the exterior surface, and through an opening between adjacent filaments of the mesh.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark HERA, Kenneth ADAMS, Kimberly DeGRAAF
  • Publication number: 20160166320
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a medical device. The medical device may include a tube having a distal end, a proximal end, at least one side port located at the distal end, and a distal end face, a lumen in communication with the at least one side port and fluidly connecting the proximal end of the tube with the at least one side port, and a working channel extending from the proximal end to the distal end face of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald CIULLA, Mark HERA, James GODDARD
  • Publication number: 20160095622
    Abstract: Expandable access sheaths and methods for use thereof are disclosed. The access sheath may have an expandable element and flexible membrane. The access sheath may be configured to move between a non-expanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The access sheath may be biased towards the non-expanded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas CLANCY, Mark HERA
  • Patent number: 8845599
    Abstract: The present description relates to plug-forming compositions, to medical procedures employing such compositions, to methods for removing such compositions, and to products pertaining to such compositions, including medical devices, medical device components, and kits, among other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James Teague, Mark Hera
  • Publication number: 20130018314
    Abstract: The present description relates to plug-forming compositions, to medical procedures employing such compositions, to methods for removing such compositions, and to products pertaining to such compositions, including medical devices, medical device components, and kits, among other aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: James Teague, Mark Hera
  • Publication number: 20120316656
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes an elongate member having a distal end portion, a proximal end portion, and a medial portion that is disposed between the distal end portion and the proximal end portion. The medial portion is configured to be disposed in a ureter of a patient. The apparatus further includes an expandable member that is coupled to the elongate member. The expandable member has an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The expandable member is further configured to be inserted into the ureter of the patient and configured to contact the ureter to help retain the elongate member in place within the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Travis Deal, Nancy Deal, Ray Amos, Mark Hera, Jennifer Keeler, Jeff Smith