Patents by Inventor Michael G. Curley

Michael G. Curley 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: 20220047318
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for degassing fluid prior to applying fluid to a treatment site during ablation therapy are provided. In one embodiment, an ablation system can include an elongate body, an ablation element, a heating assembly, and a fluid source. Fluid in the fluid source can be at least partially degassed prior to being provided as part of the system, or, in some embodiments, a degassing apparatus can be provided that can be configured to degas fluid within the system prior to applying the fluid to the treatment site. The degassing apparatus can include one or more gas-permeable and fluid-impermeable tubes disposed therein, which can allow gas to be removed from fluid passing through the apparatus. Other exemplary devices, systems, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Applicants: Thermedical, Inc., Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Publication number: 20220032007
    Abstract: Catheters with deployable instruments (e.g., needles) can damage tissue if the instrument unintentionally deploys during use. Described herein are devices and methods for controlling the position of a deployable catheter instrument. In one embodiment, a catheter can include an instrument slidably disposed within an inner lumen of the catheter and coupled to at least one protrusion, as well as a retraction stop coupled to the catheter. The catheter can further include a biasing element coupled to the instrument that can urge the instrument proximally such that the at least one protrusion abuts against the retraction stop, as well as an advancing mechanism to selectively engage the instrument and urge it distally. In some embodiments, the biasing element can be omitted and a deployment stop can be included distal to the retraction stop. These configurations can prevent unintentional instrument deployment and provide greater positioning precision during instrument deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Michael G. Curley, Fredrick J. Kim, Michael T. Howard, Erik Delly, Gregory R. Eberl, Jeffrey J. Lesica
  • Publication number: 20210393322
    Abstract: Devices and methods for delivering fluid to tissue during ablation therapy are described herein. An exemplary device can include an elongate body having an inner lumen, outlet ports, and an ablation element configured to heat tissue. A flow resistance of the elongate body can increase along a length of the elongate body containing the outlet ports in a proximal to distal direction. This can be accomplished by, for example, varying outlet port size or relative spacing, decreasing a cross-sectional area of the inner lumen through which fluid can flow using a flow diverter or tapered inner lumen sidewalls, or limiting a ratio between a total area of the outlet ports and a cross-sectional area of the inner lumen. Adjusting flow resistance of the elongate body can provide more uniform fluid distribution or a desired non-uniform distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Michael G. Curley, Gregory R. Eberl, Jason M. Clevenger, Michael T. Howard, Erik Delly
  • Patent number: 11135000
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for degassing fluid prior to applying fluid to a treatment site during ablation therapy are provided. In one embodiment, an ablation system can include an elongate body, an ablation element, a heating assembly, and a fluid source. Fluid in the fluid source can be at least partially degassed prior to being provided as part of the system, or, in some embodiments, a degassing apparatus can be provided that can be configured to degas fluid within the system prior to applying the fluid to the treatment site. The degassing apparatus can include one or more gas-permeable and fluid-impermeable tubes disposed therein, which can allow gas to be removed from fluid passing through the apparatus. Other exemplary devices, systems, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Patent number: 11083871
    Abstract: Catheters with deployable instruments (e.g., needles) can damage tissue if the instrument unintentionally deploys during use. Described herein are devices and methods for controlling the position of a deployable catheter instrument. In one embodiment, a catheter can include an instrument slidably disposed within an inner lumen of the catheter and coupled to at least one protrusion, as well as a retraction stop coupled to the catheter. The catheter can further include a biasing element coupled to the instrument that can urge the instrument proximally such that the at least one protrusion abuts against the retraction stop, as well as an advancing mechanism to selectively engage the instrument and urge it distally. In some embodiments, the biasing element can be omitted and a deployment stop can be included distal to the retraction stop. These configurations can prevent unintentional instrument deployment and provide greater positioning precision during instrument deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Curley, Fredrick J. Kim, Michael T. Howard, Erik Delly, Gregory R. Eberl, Jeffrey J. Lesica
  • Patent number: 11013555
    Abstract: Devices and methods for delivering fluid to tissue during ablation therapy are described herein. An exemplary device can include an elongate body having an inner lumen, outlet ports, and an ablation element configured to heat tissue. A flow resistance of the elongate body can increase along a length of the elongate body containing the outlet ports in a proximal to distal direction. This can be accomplished by, for example, varying outlet port size or relative spacing, decreasing a cross-sectional area of the inner lumen through which fluid can flow using a flow diverter or tapered inner lumen sidewalls, or limiting a ratio between a total area of the outlet ports and a cross-sectional area of the inner lumen. Adjusting flow resistance of the elongate body can provide more uniform fluid distribution or a desired non-uniform distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Curley, Gregory R. Eberl, Jason M. Clevenger, Michael T. Howard, Erik Delly
  • Patent number: 10881443
    Abstract: Devices and methods for shaping an ablation treatment volume formed in fluid enhanced ablation therapy are provided. The devices and methods disclosed herein utilize the interaction of fluids to create ablation treatment volumes having a variety of shapes. In one embodiment, a method for forming an ablation treatment volume having a desired shape includes delivering therapeutic energy to tissue to form an ablation treatment volume and simultaneously delivering a first fluid and a second fluid to the tissue. The first and second fluids can convect the therapeutic energy in a desired direction such that the ablation treatment volume has a desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Publication number: 20200138502
    Abstract: Devices and methods for monitoring the temperature of tissue at various locations in a treatment volume during fluid enhanced ablation therapy are provided. In one embodiment, an ablation device is provided having an elongate body, at least one ablation element, and at least one temperature sensor. The elongate body includes a proximal and distal end, an inner lumen, and at least one outlet port to allow fluid to be delivered to tissue surrounding the elongate body. The at least one ablation element is configured to heat tissue surrounding the at least one ablation element. The at least one temperature sensor can be positioned a distance away from the at least one ablation element and can be effective to output a measured temperature of tissue spaced a distance apart from the at least one ablation element such that the measured temperature indicates whether tissue is being heating to a therapeutic level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Publication number: 20200113614
    Abstract: Devices and methods for controlling ablation therapy are provided herein. In one embodiment, an ablation device is provided that includes an elongate body having proximal and distal ends, and an inner lumen extending therethrough. The inner lumen can be configured to receive fluid therein and to deliver fluid to the distal end of the elongate body. The device can also include an ablation element positioned at a distal end of the elongate body that is configured to heat surrounding tissue, and a heater element disposed within the inner lumen adjacent to a distal end of thereof, the heater element being configured to heat fluid flowing through the inner lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Patent number: 10548654
    Abstract: Devices and methods for monitoring the temperature of tissue at various locations in a treatment volume during fluid enhanced ablation therapy are provided. In one embodiment, an ablation device is provided having an elongate body, at least one ablation element, and at least one temperature sensor. The elongate body includes a proximal and distal end, an inner lumen, and at least one outlet port to allow fluid to be delivered to tissue surrounding the elongate body. The at least one ablation element is configured to heat tissue surrounding the at least one ablation element. The at least one temperature sensor can be positioned a distance away from the at least one ablation element and can be effective to output a measured temperature of tissue spaced a distance apart from the at least one ablation element such that the measured temperature indicates whether tissue is being heating to a therapeutic level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Publication number: 20200015880
    Abstract: Methods and systems utilizing inferred maximum temperature monitoring for irrigated ablation therapy are described herein. In one embodiment, a method for ablating tissue includes positioning an elongate body proximate to tissue, where the elongate body includes an ablation element and at least one temperature sensor coupled thereto. The method can include simultaneously delivering ablative energy to the tissue through the ablation element and liquid through the elongate body. The method can further include pausing delivery of ablative energy and liquid, as well as sensing a temperature of the ablation element while delivery of ablative energy and liquid is paused. The method can further include any of terminating delivery of ablative energy and liquid and resuming delivery of ablative energy and liquid based on a comparison of the sensed temperature to a reference temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Publication number: 20190336729
    Abstract: Catheters with deployable instruments (e.g., needles) can damage tissue if the instrument unintentionally deploys during use. Described herein are devices and methods for controlling the position of a deployable catheter instrument. In one embodiment, a catheter can include an instrument slidably disposed within an inner lumen of the catheter and coupled to at least one protrusion, as well as a retraction stop coupled to the catheter. The catheter can further include a biasing element coupled to the instrument that can urge the instrument proximally such that the at least one protrusion abuts against the retraction stop, as well as an advancing mechanism to selectively engage the instrument and urge it distally. In some embodiments, the biasing element can be omitted and a deployment stop can be included distal to the retraction stop. These configurations can prevent unintentional instrument deployment and provide greater positioning precision during instrument deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Michael G. Curley, Frederick J. Kim, Michael T. Howard, Erik Delly, Gregory R. Eberl, Jeffrey J. Lesica
  • Patent number: 10448987
    Abstract: Devices and methods for controlling ablation therapy are provided herein. In one embodiment, an ablation device is provided that includes an elongate body having proximal and distal ends, and an inner lumen extending therethrough. The inner lumen can be configured to receive fluid therein and to deliver fluid to the distal end of the elongate body. The device can also include an ablation element positioned at a distal end of the elongate body that is configured to heat surrounding tissue, and a heater element disposed within the inner lumen adjacent to a distal end of thereof, the heater element being configured to heat fluid flowing through the inner lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Publication number: 20190290349
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for degassing fluid prior to applying fluid to a treatment site during ablation therapy are provided. In one embodiment, an ablation system can include an elongate body, an ablation element, a heating assembly, and a fluid source. Fluid in the fluid source can be at least partially degassed prior to being provided as part of the system, or, in some embodiments, a degassing apparatus can be provided that can be configured to degas fluid within the system prior to applying the fluid to the treatment site. The degassing apparatus can include one or more gas-permeable and fluid-impermeable tubes disposed therein, which can allow gas to be removed from fluid passing through the apparatus. Other exemplary devices, systems, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Patent number: 10307201
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for degassing fluid prior to applying fluid to a treatment site during ablation therapy are provided. In one embodiment, an ablation system can include an elongate body, an ablation element, a heating assembly, and a fluid source. Fluid in the fluid source can be at least partially degassed prior to being provided as part of the system, or, in some embodiments, a degassing apparatus can be provided that can be configured to degas fluid within the system prior to applying the fluid to the treatment site. The degassing apparatus can include one or more gas-permeable and fluid-impermeable tubes disposed therein, which can allow gas to be removed from fluid passing through the apparatus. Other exemplary devices, systems, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Patent number: 10271891
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for degassing fluid prior to applying fluid to a treatment site during ablation therapy are provided. In one embodiment, an ablation system can include an elongate body, an ablation element, a heating assembly, and a fluid source. Fluid in the fluid source can be at least partially degassed prior to being provided as part of the system, or, in some embodiments, a degassing apparatus can be provided that can be configured to degas fluid within the system prior to applying the fluid to the treatment site. The degassing apparatus can include one or more gas-permeable and fluid-impermeable tubes disposed therein, which can allow gas to be removed from fluid passing through the apparatus. Other exemplary devices, systems, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Patent number: 10058385
    Abstract: Devices and methods for fluid enhanced ablation therapy using microwave antennas are described herein that provide improved heat transfer into a target volume of tissue and improved antenna cooling compared to prior art designs. In one embodiment, fluid can be introduced into a target volume of tissue along with the delivery of therapeutic energy from a microwave antenna positioned within the target volume of tissue. The fluid can become heated by cooling the microwave antenna and, if additional heating of the fluid is desired, a heating element disposed within the microwave antenna can supplementally heat the fluid prior to introduction into the target volume of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Patent number: 10022176
    Abstract: Low profile devices and methods for delivering fluid enhanced ablation therapy are provided herein. In one embodiment, an ablation device is provided that includes an elongate body having proximal and distal ends, an inner lumen extending therethrough and at least one outlet port formed therein and configured to deliver fluid to surrounding tissue. The device can also include at least one ablation element disposed along a length of the body adjacent to the at least one outlet port and configured to deliver energy to surrounding tissue, as well as at least one heating element disposed within the inner lumen of the elongate body. The device further includes a handle having proximal and distal ends, the distal end of the handle being coupled to the proximal end of the elongate body. Further, a longitudinal axis of the elongate body extends at an angle to a longitudinal axis of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Thermedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Publication number: 20180185083
    Abstract: Devices and methods for controlling ablation therapy are provided herein. In one embodiment, an ablation device is provided that includes an elongate body having proximal and distal ends, and an inner lumen extending therethrough. The inner lumen can be configured to receive fluid therein and to deliver fluid to the distal end of the elongate body. The device can also include an ablation element positioned at a distal end of the elongate body that is configured to heat surrounding tissue, and a heater element disposed within the inner lumen adjacent to a distal end of thereof, the heater element being configured to heat fluid flowing through the inner lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Publication number: 20180140345
    Abstract: Devices and methods for efficiently and reproducibly heating fluid for use in fluid enhanced ablation are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an ablation device is provided having an elongate body, at least one wire extending through an inner lumen of the elongate body, and at least one spacer disposed within the inner lumen. The at least one wire extends through the at least one spacer such that the at least one spacer is effective to maintain an adjacent portion of the at least one wire in a substantially fixed geometric relationship with the inner lumen, thereby preventing electrical shorts and providing for the consistent and uniform heating of fluid flowing through the inner lumen of the elongate body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Michael G. Curley, Fredrick J. Kim