Patents by Inventor Neil Godara

Neil Godara 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: 11389156
    Abstract: The instant disclosure is directed to methods and devices for passing suture bi-directionally using a hybrid approach. Embodiments of a method described herein include steps of advancing a suture at least partially through tissue; and retrieving the suture; wherein one of the steps of advancing and retrieving comprises manipulating the suture directly, and wherein the other step of advancing and retrieving comprises manipulating a suture trap to which the suture is coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Harrison, Neil Godara, Jeffery Arnett, Laura Man Yee Yu
  • Publication number: 20220110628
    Abstract: Embodiments of a knot pusher and methods of use thereof are disclosed, that are usable for pushing a knot formed from a suture, two limbs of the suture extending from the knot. The knot pusher comprises a distal head defining top and bottom walls terminating in a distal knot pushing surface. The distal head includes at least two side grooves defined between the top and bottom walls that extend proximally from the knot pushing surface. Each of these side grooves is operable to receive one of the limbs of suture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: Ilinca Popovici, Neil Godara, Robert Harrison, Jeffery Arnett
  • Patent number: 11291496
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are disclosed for performing an electrosurgical treatment procedure on a bodily tissue. An electrosurgical apparatus is described, the apparatus comprising one or more probes having insulated and conductive regions for creating lesions in bodily tissue. A method of delivering energy to a patient's body is described, including methods of treating sacro-iliac related pain using electrosurgical probes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Godara, Taylor Hillier
  • Publication number: 20220096143
    Abstract: An electrosurgical probe with internal cooling for use in systems and methods for lesioning in bone and other tissue is disclosed. The probe includes a distal electrical insulator, a proximal electrical insulator, a distal electrical conductor defining a distal electrode with a closed distal end and a proximal electrical conductor defining a proximal electrode, the distal electrode longitudinally spaced apart and electrically isolated from the proximal electrode by the distal electrical insulator. The distal electrode has a closed proximal end formed by a distal face of the distal electrical insulator to thereby define a closed distal inner lumen for circulating the cooling fluid. The proximal electrode has a closed distal end formed by a proximal face of the distal electrical insulator and a closed proximal end formed by a distal face of the proximal electrical insulator to thereby define a closed proximal inner lumen for circulating the cooling fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Neil Godara, Jason Woo, Emily Won
  • Patent number: 11284878
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for cutting a strand of suture. The apparatus comprises a solid outer member defining a lumen there-through. An inner member is received at least partially within the lumen, a portion of the inner member defining a curve. The inner member further defines a feature for retaining a strand of suture. At least one of the inner and outer members are moveable with respect to the other of the inner and outer members for cutting the strand of suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Harrison, Andrew Oldham, Ilinca Popovici, Neil Godara, Jeffery Arnett, Aye Nyein San
  • Patent number: 11241226
    Abstract: Embodiments of a knot pusher and methods of use thereof are disclosed, that are usable for pushing a knot formed from a suture, two limbs of the suture extending from the knot. The knot pusher comprises a distal head defining top and bottom walls terminating in a distal knot pushing surface. The distal head includes at least two side grooves defined between the top and bottom walls that extend proximally from the knot pushing surface. Each of these side grooves is operable to receive one of the limbs of suture. The distal head additionally comprises at least one suture guide coupled to the top and bottom walls for guiding the one of the limbs of suture into one of the side grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc.
    Inventors: Ilinca Popovici, Neil Godara, Robert Harrison, Jeffery Arnett
  • Patent number: 11235126
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for a reinforced steerable sheath assembly that is usable with an actuator comprising a shaft section defining a sheath that is operable to be deflected, and one or more pull wires that are coupled to the sheath via a coupling at a point of contact between the pull wires and the sheath. The pull wires being operable to be coupled to the actuator for actuating the pull wires. The reinforced steerable sheath assembly further comprises a means for preventing displacement of the coupling, wherein the means for preventing displacement to minimize failure at the coupling at the point of contact between the pull wires and the sheath upon actuation of the pull wires upon actuation of the actuator to deflect the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Baylis Medical Company Inc.
    Inventors: Ros Thomas Brannick, Brian Ma, Audrey Chan, Melanie Thompson Smith, Bei Ning (Alice) Zhang, Neil Godara, Jan-Hung Chen, Michael Froncioni, David Mulligan
  • Patent number: 11224475
    Abstract: An electrosurgical probe with internal cooling for use in systems and methods for lesioning in bone and other tissue is disclosed. The probe includes a distal electrical insulator, a proximal electrical insulator, a distal electrical conductor defining a distal electrode with a closed distal end and a proximal electrical conductor defining a proximal electrode, the distal electrode longitudinally spaced apart and electrically isolated from the proximal electrode by the distal electrical insulator. The distal electrode has a closed proximal end formed by a distal face of the distal electrical insulator to thereby define a closed distal inner lumen for circulating the cooling fluid. The proximal electrode has a closed distal end formed by a proximal face of the distal electrical insulator and a closed proximal end formed by a distal face of the proximal electrical insulator to thereby define a closed proximal inner lumen for circulating the cooling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC HOLDING COMPANY SÀRL
    Inventors: Neil Godara, Jason Woo, Emily Won
  • Patent number: 11219432
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a cartridge for loading a suture onto a suturing instrument are disclosed. In some embodiments, the cartridge is operable for loading a pre-tied knot formed from the suture onto the suturing instrument. The suturing instrument is typically of the type having a suture passing member defining a suture receiving passage therein. In some embodiments, the cartridge comprises a housing defining a chamber, and a partially pre-tied knot mounted about the housing or the chamber. The cartridge additionally provides a base coupled to the housing, the base defining a seat for releasably holding a portion of a suture to be aligned with, and transferred to, the suturing instrument. The portion of the suture may be held independently, or it may be coupled to a component such as a ferrule or shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Harrison, Andrew Oldham, Aye Nyein San, Neil Godara, Jeffery Arnett
  • Publication number: 20210316105
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to medical devices and, more particularly, to a gas mixing system for a medical ventilator. A gas mixer is provided to adjust the oxygen concentration of environmental air for a blower-based ventilator, by adjusting the mix of air upstream of the ventilator and providing the mixed air to the ventilator's environmental air inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Neil Godara, Matthew J. Phillips, Amand Kasimatis, Donald J. Novkov, Patrick S. Ryan, Amanda Centazzo-Colella, Laurentiu Murtescu, Amanda A. Hartley, Michael J. N. Matsumoto, Jacques L. Vassal, Danian Yang, Randy Yang
  • Publication number: 20210282756
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a cartridge are disclosed, for loading a suture onto a suturing instrument and, in some embodiments, for loading a pre-tied knot formed from the suture onto the suturing instrument. The suturing instrument is typically of the type having a suture passing member defining a suture receiving passage therein. The cartridge may be operable to load the suture and/or the knot onto the suturing instrument at a point of use. In some embodiments, the cartridge defines a path for insertion thereto and withdrawal therefrom of the suturing instrument. The cartridge further comprises a seat for releasably holding a portion of a suture and a mechanism for transferring the suture from seat to the suturing instrument, various features of which are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Harrison, Andrew Oldham, Neil Godara, Jeffery Arnett
  • Patent number: 11051793
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a cartridge are disclosed, for loading a suture onto a suturing instrument and, in some embodiments, for loading a pre-tied knot formed from the suture onto the suturing instrument. The suturing instrument is typically of the type having a suture passing member defining a suture receiving passage therein. The cartridge may be operable to load the suture and/or the knot onto the suturing instrument at a point of use. In some embodiments, the cartridge defines a path for insertion thereto and withdrawal therefrom of the suturing instrument. The cartridge further comprises a seat for releasably holding a portion of a suture and a mechanism for transferring the suture from seat to the suturing instrument, various features of which are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Harrison, Andrew Oldham, Neil Godara, Jeffery Arnett
  • Publication number: 20210145416
    Abstract: Devices, and methods of use thereof, are disclosed for preventing tumor seeding when withdrawing the device along an entry-exit path. Some embodiments of the present invention comprise a method of withdrawing a probe through a tissue via a path that traverses at least some bone tissue, the method including withdrawing the probe through the path, and at least partially concurrently delivering energy in a bipolar manner from the probe to heat a layer of tissue surrounding the probe to a temperature sufficient for thermal coagulation necrosis of cells. The device may be withdrawn incrementally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Neil Godara, Jason Woo
  • Publication number: 20210093373
    Abstract: A multi-probe system and a method of lesioning for targeting a region of a vertebral body are disclosed. The method includes inserting a first introducer assembly into a first target location of the vertebral body to provide a first trajectory to access the vertebral body, the first introducer assembly including a first cannula. The method also includes inserting a second introducer assembly into a second target location of the vertebral body to provide a second trajectory to access the vertebral body, the second introducer assembly including a second cannula. The method further includes inserting a first bipolar probe through the first cannula of the first introducer assembly, the first bipolar probe including a first active tip at a distal end of the first bipolar probe, the first active tip including at least two electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Ahmad Khayer Dastjerdi, Robert Harrison, Neil Godara, Michael Same, Kathryn Atwell, Travis Nolan
  • Patent number: 10939908
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for loading a closing device onto a delivery device at the point of use and for using the apparatus for treating the intervertebral disc. The apparatus includes a cartridge for loading a closing device onto a delivery device at the point of use, the cartridge comprising a tab holding feature for holding one or more tabs of the closing device and a tab loading feature for loading tabs onto the delivery device. A method of treating an intervertebral disc includes the steps of loading a closing device into a delivery device at the point of use, the closing device comprising at least two tabs coupled to a connecting element, and substantially approximating a defect in the intervertebral disc using the closing device delivered by the delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Anchor Orthopedics XT, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Oldham, Robert Harrison, Neil Godara, Ilinca Popovici
  • Patent number: 10918363
    Abstract: Devices, and methods of use thereof, are disclosed for preventing tumor seeding when withdrawing the device along an entry-exit path. Some embodiments of the present invention comprise a method of withdrawing a probe through a tissue via a path that traverses at least some bone tissue, the method including withdrawing the probe through the path, and at least partially concurrently delivering energy in a bipolar manner from the probe to heat a layer of tissue surrounding the probe to a temperature sufficient for thermal coagulation necrosis of cells. The device may be withdrawn incrementally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC HOLDING COMPANY SÄRL
    Inventors: Neil Godara, Jason Woo
  • Publication number: 20210001088
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for a reinforced steerable sheath assembly that is usable with an actuator comprising a shaft section defining a sheath that is operable to be deflected, and one or more pull wires that are coupled to the sheath via a coupling at a point of contact between the pull wires and the sheath. The pull wires being operable to be coupled to the actuator for actuating the pull wires. The reinforced steerable sheath assembly further comprises a means for preventing displacement of the coupling, wherein the means for preventing displacement to minimize failure at the coupling at the point of contact between the pull wires and the sheath upon actuation of the pull wires upon actuation of the actuator to deflect the sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Ros Thomas Brannick, Brian Ma, Audrey Chan, Melanie Thompson Smith, Bei Ning (Alice) Zhang, Neil Godara, Jan-Hung Chen, Michael Froncioni, David Mulligan
  • Patent number: 10864040
    Abstract: A multi-probe system and a method of lesioning for targeting a region of a vertebral body are disclosed. The method includes inserting a first introducer assembly into a first target location of the vertebral body to provide a first trajectory to access the vertebral body, the first introducer assembly including a first cannula. The method also includes inserting a second introducer assembly into a second target location of the vertebral body to provide a second trajectory to access the vertebral body, the second introducer assembly including a second cannula. The method further includes inserting a first bipolar probe through the first cannula of the first introducer assembly, the first bipolar probe including a first active tip at a distal end of the first bipolar probe, the first active tip including at least two electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Ahmad Khayer Dastjerdi, Robert Harrison, Neil Godara, Michael Same, Kathryn Atwell, Travis Nolan
  • Patent number: 10849612
    Abstract: Embodiments of a knot pusher and methods of use thereof are disclosed, that are usable for pushing various types of knots including sliding knots and overhand knots formed from a suture, two limbs of the suture extending from the knots, for example using a single device. The knot pusher comprises a distal head defining top and bottom walls terminating in a distal knot pushing surface. The distal head includes side grooves that are defined between the top and bottom walls. Each of these side grooves are operable to receive one of the two limbs of suture during advancement of the distal head to aid in pushing the overhand knot. The distal head additionally comprises a suture receiving element associated with the top wall for receiving one of the two suture limbs during advancement of the distal head to facilitate advancement of the sliding knot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Anchor Orthopedics XT. Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Harrison, Jeffery Arnett, Neil Godara, Aye Nyein San, Ilinca Popovici
  • Publication number: 20200330152
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating tissue are disclosed, including intra-operative mapping of a probe ablation zone. The method uses a system that maps the proximal and distal margins of the probe ablation zone using tools that access the ablation target. In some embodiments, the tools comprise a bone drill, and an introducer assembly, including a cannula and a stylet. The tools have features or markings that cooperate to indicate which probe to use to achieve the desired ablation. The method further facilitates planning probe placement for delivering energy to treat (ablate) a desired ablation volume of a target tissue by using a system that maps both the target tissue and possible probe ablation zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Neil Godara, Jason Woo, Terence Cheong