Patents by Inventor Paul P. Burek

Paul P. Burek 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: 9114228
    Abstract: A cystotomy apparatus includes a sound from which an advancement device having a cutting tip creates a surgical pathway from the bladder through abdominal tissue to the external abdomen along a predetermined path. The cutting tip is captured and removed from the advancement device in a capture cup located in the predetermined path by an alignment structure. The cutting tip is removed from the advancement device while within the capture cup, to allow a dilator, cannula or catheter to be drawn through the surgical pathway into the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Swan Valley Medical Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Laurence K. Sampson, Timothy E. Braun, Kenneth A. High, Steven W. Jackinsky, Pete W. Kroehl, Davey B. Palmer, David W. Wright, Paul P. Burek
  • Patent number: 8574256
    Abstract: A suprapubic transurethral cystotomy apparatus and method of forming a surgical opening therewith. The apparatus includes an elongate tubular body including a proximal portion and a distal portion inclined relative to one another. The distal portion extends along an axis to an end configured for receipt through a urethra. An elongate arm has a first end operably attached to the proximal portion of the tubular body and a second end providing an indicator establishing an axis aligned coaxially with the axis of the distal portion. A surgical opening is formed with a cutting member being extended along the axis of the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Swan Valley Medical, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Timothy E. Braun, Kenneth A. High, Laurence K. Sampson, Steve W. Jackinsky, Pete W. Kroehl, Davey B. Palmer, David W. Wright, Paul P. Burek
  • Patent number: 8382785
    Abstract: A cystotomy apparatus includes a sound from which an advancement device having a cutting tip creates a surgical pathway from the bladder through abdominal tissue to the external abdomen along a predetermined path. The cutting tip is captured and removed from the advancement device in a capture cup located in the predetermined path by an alignment structure. The cutting tip is removed from the advancement device while within the capture cup, to allow a dilator, cannula or catheter to be drawn through the surgical pathway into the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Swan Valley Medical Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Laurence K. Sampson, Timothy E. Braun, Kenneth A. High, Steve W. Jackinsky, Pete W. Kroehl, Davey B. Palmer, David W. Wright, Paul P. Burek
  • Publication number: 20120109175
    Abstract: A suprapubic transurethral cystotomy apparatus and method of forming a surgical opening therewith. The apparatus includes an elongate tubular body including a proximal portion and a distal portion inclined relative to one another. The distal portion extends along an axis to an end configured for receipt through a urethra. An elongate arm has a first end operably attached to the proximal portion of the tubular body and a second end providing an indicator establishing an axis aligned coaxially with the axis of the distal portion. A surgical opening is formed with a cutting member being extended along the axis of the indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: SWAN VALLEY MEDICAL, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Timothy E. Braun, Kenneth A. High, Laurence K. Sampson, Steve W. Jackinsky, Pete W. Kroehl, Davey B. Palmer, David W. Wright, Paul P. Burek
  • Patent number: 8118736
    Abstract: A bladder access apparatus and method of provided access into a bladder through a abdominal wall therewith is provided. The apparatus has an annular body extending between opposite ends with a through passage extending between the ends. A tubular sheath is attached to one end of the body in coaxial alignment with the through passage. The sheath is expandable from a first diameter to an enlarged second diameter. The apparatus has an elongate stylet with a rod sized for receipt in the sheath. The rod has a length greater than the tubular sheath and a diameter substantially the same as the first diameter of the sheath. The apparatus includes a rigid, tubular body having an outer diameter corresponding substantially to the second diameter of the sheath and a rigid, cylindrical member sized for sliding receipt in the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Swan Valley Medical, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Timothy E. Braun, Kenneth A. High, Laurence K. Sampson, Steve W. Jackinsky, Pete W. Kroehl, Davey B. Palmer, David W. Wright, Paul P. Burek
  • Patent number: 8118826
    Abstract: A suprapubic transurethral cystotomy apparatus and method of forming a surgical opening therewith. The apparatus includes an elongate tubular body including a proximal portion and a distal portion inclined relative to one another. The distal portion extends along an axis to an end configured for receipt through a urethra. An elongate arm has a first end operably attached to the proximal portion of the tubular body and a second end providing an indicator establishing an axis aligned coaxially with the axis of the distal portion. A surgical opening is formed with a cutting member being extended along the axis of the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Swan Valley Medical, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Timothy E. Braun, Kenneth A. High, Laurence K. Sampson, Steve W. Jackinsky, Pete W. Kroehl, Davey B. Palmer, David W. Wright, Paul P. Burek
  • Publication number: 20100298857
    Abstract: A cystotomy apparatus includes a sound from which an advancement device having a cutting tip creates a surgical pathway from the bladder through abdominal tissue to the external abdomen along a predetermined path. The cutting tip is captured and removed from the advancement device in a capture cup located in the predetermined path by an alignment structure. The cutting tip is removed from the advancement device while within the capture cup, to allow a dilator, cannula or catheter to be drawn through the surgical pathway into the bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Laurence K. Sampson, Timothy E. Braun, Kenneth A. High, Steve W. Jackinsky, Pete W. Kroehl, Davey B. Palmer, David W. Wright, Paul P. Burek
  • Publication number: 20090088786
    Abstract: A suprapubic transurethral cystotomy apparatus and method of forming a surgical opening therewith. The apparatus includes an elongate tubular body including a proximal portion and a distal portion inclined relative to one another. The distal portion extends along an axis to an end configured for receipt through a urethra. An elongate arm has a first end operably attached to the proximal portion of the tubular body and a second end providing an indicator establishing an axis aligned coaxially with the axis of the distal portion. A surgical opening is formed with a cutting member being extended along the axis of the indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Timothy E. Braun, Kenneth A. High, Laurence K. Sampson, Steve W. Jackinsky, Pete W. Kroehl, Davey B. Palmer, David W. Wright, Paul P. Burek
  • Publication number: 20090088599
    Abstract: A bladder access apparatus and method of provided access into a bladder through a abdominal wall therewith is provided. The apparatus has an annular body extending between opposite ends with a through passage extending between the ends. A tubular sheath is attached to one end of the body in coaxial alignment with the through passage. The sheath is expandable from a first diameter to an enlarged second diameter. The apparatus has an elongate stylet with a rod sized for receipt in the sheath. The rod has a length greater than the tubular sheath and a diameter substantially the same as the first diameter of the sheath. The apparatus includes a rigid, tubular body having an outer diameter corresponding substantially to the second diameter of the sheath and a rigid, cylindrical member sized for sliding receipt in the tubular body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Timothy E. Braun, Kenneth A. High, Laurence K. Sampson, Steve W. Jackinsky, Pete W. Kroehl, Davey B. Palmer, David W. Wright, Paul P. Burek
  • Publication number: 20040111048
    Abstract: The present invention provides a medical device and treatment method for chronic venous insufficiency and related medical conditions. The device is an inflatable stocking which, when inflated, applies pressure to the foot and lower leg of a patient. The device has several sections that are inflatable to different pressures so that gradient pressure may be applied. The sections are vertically disposed so that greatest pressure is applied to the foot and lower portion of the lower leg, somewhat less pressure is applied to the middle portion of the lower leg, and the least pressure is applied to the upper section of the lower leg. The device surrounds the entire treatment area so that the treated area will not swell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Jensen, Paul P. Burek, Daniel J. Macfarlane
  • Patent number: 6682497
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and an apparatus for treating patients having ulcerations of the lower foot, including patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy. The brace generally includes a pair of rigid shells, a fastening system for joining the shells together to form a unified brace and a combination of bladders which engage the patient's leg and ankle to off-weight the plantar surface, prevent plantar flexing and minimize shearing forces to the plantar surface. The volume of the bladders may be adjusted by the addition or removal of a filler in order to maintain a uniform pressure between the bladders and the patient's leg. The filler contained in the bladders preferably does not undergo significant expansion or contraction in response to temperature or altitude changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Jensen, Paul P. Burek
  • Patent number: 6361532
    Abstract: An electrosurgical pencil for delivering high frequency cutting and coagulation signals from an electrosurgical generator is disclosed. A flexible, elongated, substantially solid pencil housing is provided having a cable receiving end and a blade electrode receiving end opposed from the cable receiving end. A mechanism is provided within the pencil housing for bending of the pencil housing between the cable receiving end and the blade electrode receiving end. Additionally, a mechanism is provided within the electrosurgical pencil for retaining a bent position of the pencil housing. The electrosurgical pencil of the present design may be a foot controlled electrosurgical pencil or may include a manually actuated switch within the pencil housing to form a hand controlled electrosurgical pencil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Bovie Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Paul P. Burek
  • Patent number: 6228044
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and an apparatus for treating patients having ulcerations of the lower foot, including patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy. The brace generally includes a pair of rigid shells, a fastening system for joining the shells together to form a unified brace and a combination of bladders which engage the patient's leg and ankle to off-weight the plantar surface, prevent plantar flexing and minimize shearing forces to the plantar surface. The volume of the bladders may be adjusted by the addition or removal of a filler in order to maintain a uniform pressure between the bladders and the patient's leg. The filler contained in the bladders preferably does not undergo significant expansion or contraction in response to temperature or altitude changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Rose Biomedical Research
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Jensen, Paul P. Burek
  • Patent number: 5449356
    Abstract: A probe for use in minimally invasive surgery incorporates a nozzle and electrode assembly at the distal end of the probe for achieving gas assisted electro-fulguration. In addition, the probe accommodates the simultaneous use of other auxiliary surgical instruments, such as standard electrosurgical electrodes, laser fiber optic conduits and mechanical tools. Further still, the probe includes a passageway for achieving evacuation, irrigation or aspiration at the surgical site. The probe thus allows a surgeon to achieve multiple different surgical functions during a minimally invasive surgical procedure without removing one probe and inserting a different probe to achieve a different surgical function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Birtcher Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold J. Walbrink, Paul P. Burek, William J. Bowers, Donald L. Emmons
  • Patent number: 5256138
    Abstract: An electrosurgical handpiece applies electrical energy to a blade electrode to accomplish blade electrosurgery or to a transfer electrode in a nozzle to transfer electrical energy in arcs in a flowing gas to accomplish conductive gas electrocoagulation. The blade electrode may be selectively extended to conduct blade electrosurgery and withdrawn when conductive gas electrocoagulation is accomplished. Finger activated switches on the handpiece control the application of electrical energy to the blade electrode and the application of gas to the nozzle and the electrical energy to the transfer electrode within the nozzle. A cord includes a tubing for supplying gas to the handpiece. The cord also includes a plurality of conductors for conducting electrical energy to the two electrodes and conducting control signals to an electrosurgical apparatus which delivers the electrical energy and the gas. A nozzle and electrode assembly fits within the end of the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: The Birtcher Corporation
    Inventors: Paul P. Burek, William J. Bowers
  • Patent number: D330253
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Assignee: Birtcher Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul P. Burek