Patents by Inventor Rafael Pintor

Rafael Pintor 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: 9561100
    Abstract: A heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted during a surgical procedure is provided. The prosthetic valve has a base stent that is deployed at a treatment site, and a valve component configured to quickly connect to the base stent. The base stent may take the form of a self- or balloon-expandable stent that expands outward against the native valve with or without leaflet excision. The valve component has a non-expandable prosthetic valve and a self- or balloon-expandable coupling stent for attachment to the base stent, thereby fixing the position of the valve component relative to the base stent. The prosthetic valve may be a commercially available to valve with a sewing ring and the coupling stent attaches to the sewing ring. The system is particularly suited for rapid deployment of heart valves in a conventional open-heart surgical environment. A catheter-based system and method for deployment is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Pintor, Mark Chau, Travis Oba, August R. Yambao, Louis A. Campbell, Tammy Huntley, Qinggang Zeng, Carey L. Cristea, Faisal Kalam
  • Patent number: 9504563
    Abstract: A quick-connect heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted during a surgical procedure is provided. The heart valve includes a substantially non-expandable, non-compressible prosthetic valve and a plastically-expandable frame, thereby enabling attachment to the annulus without sutures. A small number of guide sutures may be provided for aortic valve orientation. The prosthetic valve may be a commercially available valve with a sewing ring with the frame attached thereto. The frame may expand from a conical deployment shape to a conical expanded shape, and may include web-like struts connected between axially-extending posts. A system and method for deployment includes an integrated handle shaft and balloon catheter. A valve holder is stored with the heart valve and the handle shaft easily attaches thereto to improve valve preparation steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Pintor, Michael J. Scott, Thomas Chien, Harvey H. Chen, August R. Yambao, Lawrence J. Farhat, Andrew Phung, William C. Brunnett, Carey L. Cristea, Sara M. Walls, Kevin W. Zheng, Faisal Kalam, Qinggang Zeng
  • Publication number: 20160262882
    Abstract: Packaging for prosthetic heart valves including an assembly for securely retaining a heart valve within a jar and facilitating retrieval therefrom. The assembly includes a packaging sleeve that fits closely within the jar and has a clip structure for securing a valve holder. Contrary to previous designs, in one embodiment the valve holder is directed downward into the jar, and the valve is retained with an inflow end upward. The valve may have flexible leaflets, and a leaflet parting member on the end of the shaft extends through the leaflets and couples with the valve holder. The assembly of the packaging sleeve, valve, and holder can then be removed from the jar and a valve delivery tube connected with the holder, or to the leaflet parting member. The packaging sleeve may be bifurcated into two halves connected at a living hinge to facilitate removal from around the valve/holder subassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Fred Hodshon, Rafael Pintor, August R. Yambao, Abishek Gautam, Louis A. Campbell, Lawrence J. Farhat, Tammy Huntley, Faisal Kalam, Travis Zenyo Oba, Qinggang Zeng
  • Publication number: 20160220368
    Abstract: A system for expanding a device in a conduit or orifice of a human body includes a balloon member that is movable from a first configuration to a second configuration. External surfaces of the balloon member can collectively have a non-cylindrical cross-section relative to a main axis of the balloon member, such that the external surfaces of the balloon member generally conform to the anatomical shape of the conduit or orifice when the balloon member is in the second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Chau, Travis Zenyo Oba, Tammy Huntley, Qinggang Zeng, August R. Yambao, Rafael Pintor
  • Patent number: 9370418
    Abstract: A quick-connect heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted during a surgical procedure is provided. The heart valve includes a substantially non-expandable, non-compressible prosthetic valve and a plastically-expandable stent frame, thereby enabling attachment to the annulus without sutures. The prosthetic valve may be a commercially available valve with a sewing ring and the stent frame attached thereto. The stent frame may expand from a conical deployment shape to a conical expanded shape, and may have a cloth covering its entirety as well as a plush sealing flange around its periphery to prevent paravalvular leaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Pintor, Michael J. Scott, Qinggang Zeng, Grace Myong Kim, Visith Chung, Louis A. Campbell, David S. Lin, Peng Norasing, Edwin T. Ta
  • Publication number: 20160128830
    Abstract: Methods of quickly and easily implanting a quick-connect heart valve prosthesis during a surgical procedure are provided. The heart valve may include a substantially non-expandable, non-compressible prosthetic valve and a plastically-expandable frame, thereby enabling attachment to the annulus without sutures. A system and method for deployment includes an integrated handle shaft and balloon catheter. A safety member disposed between the balloon catheter and handle shaft prevents premature catheter advancement prior to heart valve placement at the annulus, and also may prevent premature balloon inflation prior to full catheter advancement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Andrew Phung, August R. Yambao, Faisal Kalam, William C. Brunnett, Rafael Pintor, Michael J. Scott
  • Publication number: 20160128829
    Abstract: An exemplary two-stage prosthetic heart valve system has a radially expandable base stent implanted within a native valve annulus. The two-stage heart valve system also has a valve component that is delivered to and mounted within the base stent in a separate or sequential operation after the base stent has been anchored within the annulus. The valve component in certain embodiments comprises a hybrid valve component that includes a conventional, non-expandable surgical valve that is modified to include an expandable coupling stent that can be expanded to engage the inner surface of the base stent, thereby anchoring the valve component to the base stent. In its expanded configuration, the outflow end portion base stent has tri-lobular shape that closely conforms to the shape of the aortic root and a support ring of the prosthetic valve that is mounted within the base stent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Travis Oba, Rafael Pintor, Louis A. Campbell
  • Patent number: 9314334
    Abstract: A system for expanding a device in a conduit or orifice of a human body includes an expansion device that is movable from a first configuration to a second configuration. External surfaces of the expansion device can collectively have a non-cylindrical cross-section relative to a main axis of the expansion device, such that the external surfaces of the expansion device generally conform to the anatomical shape of the conduit or orifice when the expansion device is in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Chau, Travis Oba, Tammy Huntley, Qinggang Zeng, August R. Yambao, Rafael Pintor
  • Patent number: 9301749
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for repairing openings such as septal defects includes advancing a catheter to the site of the defect, grasping opposing edges of the defect, passing one or more suture lines through the opposing edges, tightening the suture lines, and deploying and expanding a fastener to secure the suture lines and close the defect. The fastener can include tissue-growth-inducing materials to encourage tissue growth onto or into the fastener and/or suture. The fastener includes a locking clip portion and a plug portion, which may be an expandable portion and/or tissue-growth-inducing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, David L. Hauser, Rafael Pintor, Richard B. Cates
  • Patent number: 9295539
    Abstract: Packaging for prosthetic heart valves including an assembly for securely retaining a heart valve within a jar and facilitating retrieval therefrom. The assembly includes a packaging sleeve that fits closely within the jar and has a clip structure for securing a valve holder. Contrary to previous designs, in one embodiment the valve holder is directed downward into the jar, and the valve is retained with an inflow end upward. The valve may have flexible leaflets, and a leaflet parting member on the end of the shaft extends through the leaflets and couples with the valve holder. The assembly of the packaging sleeve, valve, and holder can then be removed from the jar and a valve delivery tube connected with the holder, or to the leaflet parting member. The packaging sleeve may be bifurcated into two halves connected at a living hinge to facilitate removal from around the valve/holder subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Fred Hodshon, Rafael Pintor, August Yambao, Abhishek Gautam, Louis A. Campbell, Lawrence Farhat, Tammy Huntley, Faisal Kalam, Travis Oba, Qinggang Zeng
  • Patent number: 9248016
    Abstract: An exemplary two-stage prosthetic heart valve system has a radially expandable base stent implanted within a native valve annulus. The two-stage heart valve system also has a valve component that is delivered to and mounted within the base stent in a separate or sequential operation after the base stent has been anchored within the annulus. The valve component in certain embodiments comprises a hybrid valve component that includes a conventional, non-expandable surgical valve that is modified to include an expandable coupling stent that can be expanded to engage the inner surface of the base stent, thereby anchoring the valve component to the base stent. In its expanded configuration, the outflow end portion base stent has tri-lobular shape that closely conforms to the shape of the aortic root and a support ring of the prosthetic valve that is mounted within the base stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Travis Oba, Rafael Pintor, Louis Campbell
  • Patent number: 9125741
    Abstract: A quick-connect heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted during a surgical procedure is provided. The heart valve may include a substantially non-expandable, non-compressible prosthetic valve and a plastically-expandable frame, thereby enabling attachment to the annulus without sutures. A system and method for deployment includes an integrated handle shaft and balloon catheter. A safety member disposed between the balloon catheter and handle shaft prevents premature catheter advancement prior to heart valve placement at the annulus, and also may prevent premature balloon inflation prior to full catheter advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Phung, August R. Yambao, Faisal Kalam, William C. Brunnett, Rafael Pintor, Michael J. Scott
  • Publication number: 20150216656
    Abstract: A heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted during a surgical procedure is provided. The prosthetic valve has a base stent that is deployed at a treatment site, and a valve component configured to quickly connect to the base stent. The base stent may take the form of a self- or balloon-expandable stent that expands outward against the native valve with or without leaflet excision. The valve component has a non-expandable prosthetic valve and a self- or balloon-expandable coupling stent for attachment to the base stent, thereby fixing the position of the valve component relative to the base stent. The prosthetic valve may be a commercially available to valve with a sewing ring and the coupling stent attaches to the sewing ring. The system is particularly suited for rapid deployment of heart valves in a conventional open-heart surgical environment. A catheter-based system and method for deployment is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Rafael Pintor, Mark Chau, Travis Oba, August R. Yambao, Louis A. Campbell, Tammy Huntley, Qinggang Zeng, Carey L. Cristea, Faisal Kalam
  • Publication number: 20150216660
    Abstract: A quick-connect heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted is provided. The heart valve includes a substantially non-expandable, non-compressible prosthetic valve and a plastically-expandable coupling stent, thereby enabling attachment to the annulus without sutures. A small number of guide sutures may be provided for aortic valve orientation. The prosthetic valve may be a commercially available valve with a sewing ring with the coupling stent attached thereto. The coupling stent may expand from a conical deployment shape to a conical expanded shape, and may include web-like struts connected between axially-extending posts. A system and method for deployment includes a hollow two-piece handle through which a balloon catheter passes. A valve holder is stored with the heart valve and the handle easily attaches thereto to improve valve preparation steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Rafael Pintor, Mark Chau, Travis Oba, August R. Yambao, Louis A. Campbell, Tammy Huntley, Qinggang Zeng, Carey L. Cristea, Faisal Kalam
  • Patent number: 9005277
    Abstract: A quick-connect heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted during a surgical procedure is provided. The heart valve includes a substantially non-expandable, non-compressible prosthetic valve and a plastically-expandable coupling stent, thereby enabling attachment to the annulus without sutures. A small number of guide sutures may be provided for aortic valve orientation. The prosthetic valve may be a commercially available valve with a sewing ring with the coupling stent attached thereto. The coupling stent may expand from a conical deployment shape to a conical expanded shape, and may include web-like struts connected between axially-extending posts. A system and method for deployment includes a hollow two-piece handle through which a balloon catheter passes. A valve holder is stored with the heart valve and the handle easily attaches thereto to improve valve preparation steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Pintor, Mark Chau, Travis Zenyo Oba, August R. Yambao, Louis A. Campbell, Tammy Huntley, Qinggang Zeng, Carey L. Cristea, Faisal Kalam
  • Patent number: 9005278
    Abstract: A heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted during a surgical procedure is provided. The prosthetic valve has a base stent that is deployed at a treatment site, and a valve component configured to quickly connect to the base stent. The base stent may take the form of a self- or balloon-expandable stent that expands outward against the native valve with or without leaflet excision. The valve component has a non-expandable prosthetic valve and a self- or balloon-expandable coupling stent for attachment to the base stent, thereby fixing the position of the valve component relative to the base stent. The prosthetic valve may be a commercially available valve with a sewing ring and the coupling stent attaches to the sewing ring. The system is particularly suited for rapid deployment of heart valves in a conventional open-heart surgical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Pintor, Mark Chau, Travis Zenyo Oba, August R. Yambao, Louis A. Campbell, Tammy Huntley, Quinggang Zeng, Carey L. Cristea, Faisal Kalam
  • Publication number: 20140336702
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for repairing openings such as septal defects includes advancing a catheter to the site of the defect, grasping opposing edges of the defect, passing one or more suture lines through the opposing edges, tightening the suture lines, and deploying and expanding a fastener to secure the suture lines and close the defect. The fastener can include tissue-growth-inducing materials to encourage tissue growth onto or into the fastener and/or suture. The fastener includes a locking clip portion and a plug portion, which may be an expandable portion and/or tissue-growth-inducing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, David L. Hauser, Rafael Pintor, Richard B. Cates
  • Patent number: 8869982
    Abstract: Packaging for prosthetic heart valves including an assembly for securely retaining a heart valve within a jar and facilitating retrieval therefrom. The assembly includes a packaging sleeve that fits closely within the jar and has a clip structure for securing a valve holder. Contrary to previous designs, in one embodiment the valve holder is directed downward into the jar, and the valve is retained with an inflow end upward. The valve may have flexible leaflets, and a leaflet parting member on the end of the shaft extends through the leaflets and couples with the valve holder. The assembly of the packaging sleeve, valve, and holder can then be removed from the jar and a valve delivery tube connected with the holder, or to the leaflet parting member. The packaging sleeve may be bifurcated into two halves connected at a living hinge to facilitate removal from around the valve/holder subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Fred Hodshon, Rafael Pintor, August Yambao, Abhishek Gautam, Louis A. Campbell, Lawrence Farhat, Tammy Huntley, Faisal Kalam, Travis Oba, Qinggang Zeng
  • Publication number: 20140200661
    Abstract: A quick-connect heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted during a surgical procedure is provided. The heart valve includes a substantially non-expandable, non-compressible prosthetic valve and a plastically-expandable frame, thereby enabling attachment to the annulus without sutures. A small number of guide sutures may be provided for aortic valve orientation. The prosthetic valve may be a commercially available valve with a sewing ring with the frame attached thereto. The frame may expand from a conical deployment shape to a conical expanded shape, and may include web-like struts connected between axially-extending posts. A system and method for deployment includes an integrated handle shaft and balloon catheter. A valve holder is stored with the heart valve and the handle shaft easily attaches thereto to improve valve preparation steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rafael Pintor, Michael J. Scott, Thomas Chien, Harvey H. Chen, August R. Yambao, Lawrence J. Farhat, Andrew Phung, William C. Brunnett, Carey L. Cristea, Sara M. Walls, Kevin W. Zheng, Faisal Kalam, Qinggang Zeng
  • Patent number: 8696742
    Abstract: A quick-connect heart valve prosthesis that can be quickly and easily implanted is provided. The heart valve includes a substantially non-expandable, non-compressible prosthetic valve and a plastically-expandable coupling stent, thereby enabling attachment to the annulus without sutures. A small number of guide sutures may be provided for aortic valve orientation. The prosthetic valve may be a commercially available valve with a sewing ring with the coupling stent attached thereto. The coupling stent may expand from a conical deployment shape to a conical expanded shape, and may include web-like struts connected between axially-extending posts. A system and method for deployment includes a hollow two-piece handle through which a balloon catheter passes. A valve holder is stored with the heart valve and the handle easily attaches thereto to improve valve preparation steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Pintor, Mark Chau, Travis Oba, August R. Yambao, Louis A. Campbell, Tammy Huntley, Qinggang Zeng, Carey L. Cristea, Faisal Kalam