Patents by Inventor Randall A. Bly

Randall A. Bly 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: 10470647
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SPIWay LLC
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly, Jeremy Ciporen, Kristen Moe, Louis Kim, Laligam Sekhar
  • Patent number: 10416624
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for selecting surgical approaches. One example method involves (1) receiving data indicating (a) one or more surgical target regions and (b) one or more surgical portals; (2) determining a plurality of surgical pathways; (3) determining a plurality of surgical approaches; (4) for each surgical approach in the plurality of surgical approaches, determining at least one approach characteristic, for each determined surgical pathway in the respective surgical approach, determining at least one pathway characteristic, and determining a surgical-approach ranking based on the determined at least one approach characteristic and the determined at least one pathway characteristic; (5) selecting a subset of the plurality of surgical approaches based on the determined surgical approach rankings; and (6) causing an output device to provide a representation of the selected subset of the plurality of surgical approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: University of Washington Through its Center for Commercialization
    Inventors: Randall Bly, Blake Hannaford, Kris S. Moe
  • Publication number: 20180206709
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly, Jeremy Ciporen, Kristen Moe, Louis Kim, Laligam Sekhar
  • Patent number: 9962230
    Abstract: Organization systems for surgical instruments and associated methods and systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument organization system can be configured for use in a medical environment, and can include a flexible, sterile container having a lower portion. The container can include an attachment system configured to elastically couple one or more surgical instruments to the lower portion of the container. In some embodiments, the container can be carried by a portable base coupled to a platform via an adjustable support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Kristen S. Moe, Randall Bly, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 9949621
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SPIWay LLC
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly, Jeremy Ciporen, Kristen Moe, Louis Kim, Laligam Sekhar
  • Publication number: 20170340390
    Abstract: Example methods and systems to facilitate osteocutaneous free flap reconstructions are provided. One example method involves causing a surgical navigation system to display a representation of a patient undergoing surgery; receiving input data representing one or more osteotomies made during the surgery to form a defect within the patient; determining a donor site for a bone graft having a contour that corresponds to the defect within the patient using a geometric alignment algorithm to identify, as the donor site, a portion of the bone graft that virtually aligns with the defect; generating a virtual template representing the bone graft; displaying the generated virtual template representing the bone graft within the representation of the patient as a navigational guide for harvesting of the bone graft; and displaying the generated virtual template positioned into the defect within the representation as a navigational guide for reconstructing the defect using the harvested bone graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Richard A. Harbison, Yangming Li, Randall Bly, Nava Aghdasi, Blake Hannaford, Kristen S. Moe, Jeffrey J. Houlton
  • Publication number: 20170273539
    Abstract: An adapter for endoscopy can operably connect camera features and light source features of a portable electronic device with a respective viewfinder and illumination element of a medical endoscope. Systems including an endoscope, adapter, and handheld electronic device with a microphone, light source, and camera can, when connected, be used to perform stroboscopic endoscopic examinations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: University of Washington
    Inventors: Anthony Law, Angelique Berens, Muneaki Miyasaka, Randall Bly
  • Publication number: 20170042409
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly, Jeremy Ciporen, Kristen Moe, Louis Kim, Laligam Sekhar
  • Patent number: 9498194
    Abstract: Organization systems for surgical instruments input devices and associated methods and systems are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a surgical instrument input device organization system can include a first interface configured to receive input from a user and a second interface communicatively coupled to the first interface via a link. The second interface can include a module sized to receive a surgical input instrument device and an actuator configured to engage a movable surface of the surgical instrument input device in response to input received from the user at the first interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Kristen S. Moe, Randall Bly, Blake Hannaford
  • Publication number: 20160074123
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for defining surgical boundaries. One example method involves receiving data indicating a representation of a patient; receiving data indicating (i) a surgical target region within the representation of the patient; and (ii) a surgical entry portal within the representation of the patient; providing a graphical display of (i) the representation of the patient, and (ii) a surgical pathway from the surgical entry portal to the surgical target region; defining one or more surgical boundaries within the representation; receiving data indicating a position of a surgical instrument with respect to the representation; based on the received data indicating the position of the surgical instrument, determining that the surgical instrument is within a threshold distance from the one or more surgical boundaries; and providing feedback indicating that the surgical instrument is within the predetermined threshold distance from the one or more surgical boundaries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Randall BLY, Blake HANNAFORD, Kris S. MOE
  • Publication number: 20150297295
    Abstract: Organization systems for surgical instruments and associated methods and systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument organization system can be configured for use in a medical environment, and can include a flexible, sterile container having a lower portion. The container can include an attachment system configured to elastically couple one or more surgical instruments to the lower portion of the container. In some embodiments, the container can be carried by a portable base coupled to a platform via an adjustable support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: University of Washington through its Center for Commercialization
    Inventors: Kristen S. Moe, Randall Bly, Blake Hannaford
  • Publication number: 20150297309
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for selecting surgical approaches. One example method involves (1) receiving data indicating (a) one or more surgical target regions and (b) one or more surgical portals; (2) determining a plurality of surgical pathways; (3) determining a plurality of surgical approaches; (4) for each surgical approach in the plurality of surgical approaches, determining at least one approach characteristic, for each determined surgical pathway in the respective surgical approach, determining at least one pathway characteristic, and determining a surgical-approach ranking based on the determined at least one approach characteristic and the determined at least one pathway characteristic; (5) selecting a subset of the plurality of surgical approaches based on the determined surgical approach rankings; and (6) causing an output device to provide a representation of the selected subset of the plurality of surgical approaches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Randall BLY, Blake HANNAFORD, Kris S. MOE
  • Publication number: 20150157193
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly
  • Patent number: 9011326
    Abstract: A surgical shield protects collateral soft tissue from damage during a trans-orbital surgical procedure in the head of a patient. The shield may be provided as an elongated flexible sheath having one or more thin flexible sidewalls that can conform to the tissue around or bearing on the shield. Other areas or sidewalls of the shield may be thicker to better resist perforation by surgical instruments, and/or to better maintain the access lumen of pathway to the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: SPIWay LLC
    Inventors: Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly
  • Patent number: 8986201
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Spiway LLC
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A Bly
  • Publication number: 20140313172
    Abstract: Organization systems for surgical instruments input devices and associated methods and systems are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a surgical instrument input device organization system can include a first interface configured to receive input from a user and a second interface communicatively coupled to the first interface via a link. The second interface can include a module sized to receive a surgical input instrument device and an actuator configured to engage a movable surface of the surgical instrument input device in response to input received from the user at the first interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: University of Washington through its Center for Commercialization
    Inventors: Kristen S. Moe, Randall Bly, Blake Hannaford
  • Publication number: 20120203069
    Abstract: A soft tissue protection surgical shield protects collateral soft tissue from damage during a surgical procedure within a surgical space of a body. The shield comprises an elongated flexible shield having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end has a first opening and the distal end has a second opening. The shield further comprises a side wall between the proximal and distal ends that defines the first and second openings. The side wall is conformal to the surgical space and arranged to resist perforation by surgical instruments in use during the surgical procedure, and also to define and maintain the access pathway to the surgical site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly, James S. Pridgeon, Eugene G. Chen, Kristen S. Moe, Louis Kim, Jacob Rosen