Patents by Inventor Robert A. Ganz

Robert A. Ganz 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: 20220117766
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, and methods that can be used in the treatment of obesity and related illnesses are disclosed. In some instances, a medical device can include a body configured to transition from a low-profile state to an expanded state. The body can include a cecal region, an ileocecal region, and an ileal region. When the body is in the expanded state, the cecal region can expand a cecum of a patient, the ileocecal region can extend through the ileocecal valve of the patient, and the ileal region can anchor within the ileum to inhibit migration of medical the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: Alexander S. Ganz, Robert A. Ganz, Travis Sessions, Steven Berhow, Michael W. Augustine
  • Publication number: 20220023563
    Abstract: A system can include a tubular member to be inserted into an esophagus of a patient and a catheter assembly that includes a catheter tube that defines a length greater than a length of the tubular member and is configured to pass through a channel of the tubular member such that a distal tip of the catheter tube extends distally past the distal tip of the tubular member while the tubular member is positioned in the esophagus of the patient. The distal tip of the catheter tube defines a cutting element to core a blockage positioned in the esophagus of the patient. Advancement of the distal tip of the catheter tube into contact with the blockage can core a piece from the blockage that is passed through the catheter tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: Piranha Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mark Anders Rydell, Travis Sessions, Steven Berhow, Doug Wahnschaffe, Michael W. Augustine
  • Publication number: 20210330729
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to compositions comprising dietary fibers. For example, in some embodiments, the composition comprises two or more fibers (e.g., fibers such as wheat dextrin, inulin, pectin, or potato starch) each present in amount of about 2% to about 6% w/w of the composition. The present disclosure also relates to partially hydrolyzed dietary fibers and methods to prepare a partially hydrolyzed dietary. In some embodiments, the composition comprises further comprises an acid and/or a preservative present in an amount of about 0.01% to about 2% w/w of the composition. In some embodiments, the composition further includes a sweetener and/or a flavoring agent. Such compositions are useful in the treatment or improvement of gastrointestinal diseases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mo E. Saremi, William Christopfel
  • Patent number: 11141177
    Abstract: A system for clearing a blockage in a patient can include a tubular member that defines a channel and is insertable into an esophagus of the patient. The system can include a catheter assembly that includes a catheter tube defining a length greater than a length of the tubular member and being passable through the channel of the tubular member. The catheter tube can include a distal tip that defines a cutting element to core the blockage positioned in the esophagus. The catheter assembly can further include a catheter hub fixedly secured to the catheter tube and couplable with a vacuum line such that, when suction is provided via the vacuum line, advancement of the catheter tube into contact with the blockage cores a piece from the blockage that is passed through the catheter tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Piranha Medical LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mark Anders Rydell, Travis Sessions, Steven Berhow, Doug Wahnschaffe, Michael W. Augustine
  • Publication number: 20210251645
    Abstract: A system for clearing a blockage from an esophagus of a patient can include a sheath assembly that includes a sheath configured for insertion into the esophagus and an imaging device coupled to a distal end of the sheath. The sheath can have a sufficient length to be advanced sufficiently far through the esophagus to permit the imaging device to detect the blockage. The sheath assembly can further include a positioning element that is capable of transitioning from an undeployed state to a deployed state to contact the esophagus to space the lumen from the esophagus. The system can further include a catheter assembly that includes a catheter sized to pass through the lumen of the sheath and a cutting tip for cutting a morsel from the blockage as suction is applied to the blockage via the lumen of the catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: Piranha Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Michael W. Augustine
  • Publication number: 20210186605
    Abstract: A flexible bipolar electrode is provided, with alternating poles positioned over a flexible member. A preferred embodiment may comprise two insulated conductors twisted together to form a twisted-pair, braid, or other similar structure, with the insulation removed at one or more locations along this structure, such that there exist adjacent conductors which have areas that are exposed. The one or more such locations where the insulation on each of the conductors is removed form a bipolar pair on at least one of the sides of the electrode. The exposed locations of the two conductors may form focal points, lines, or areas of alternating poles, and may be used for delivering energy to target tissue or material according to those shapes, to affect the tissue or material at those points, lines, or areas. Use of such electrode as well as additional technologies for treating GI conditions including but not limited to obesity and constipation is further described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Jerome JACKSON, Roger A. STERN, Benjamin WANG, Itzhak AVERNI, Robert GANZ, Omry BEN-EZRA
  • Patent number: 10835504
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to topical compositions comprising one or more topical anesthetics or analgesics; a vitamin B3 compound; and a coating agent. In some embodiments, the composition comprises about 1% to about 10% w/w of the composition of the topical anesthetic, topical analgesic, or a combination thereof; about 1% to about 10% w/w of the composition of the vitamin B3 compound; and about 5% to about 50% w/w of the composition of the coating agent. In some embodiments, the composition further includes a pharmaceutically acceptable base. In some embodiments, the pharmaceutically acceptable base comprises about 35% to about 85% w/w of the composition of a pharmaceutically acceptable oil; about 1% to about 20% w/w of the composition of a pharmaceutically acceptable wax; or a combination thereof. Such compositions are useful for treating anal itch or pruritus ani.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: G&S Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mo E. Saremi, William Christopfel
  • Publication number: 20200297386
    Abstract: A method can include introducing a device into a lung of a patient to a site of a material lodged in the lung. The device can include a distal end configured to core the material, a proximal end, and a tube that includes a hollow interior. The method can further include coring from the material a piece that is sized to pass through the hollow interior of the tube using the distal end of the device. The method can further include applying suction to the proximal end of the device to pass the piece through the hollow interior of the tube and out of the device through the proximal end. Other and further methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Piranha Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mark Anders Rydell
  • Patent number: 10722267
    Abstract: A device is configured to clear a bolus of food impacted within an esophagus, the device including a catheter tube having a hollow interior and a distal end configured to core the bolus of food and a proximal end configured to be coupled to a source of suction to clear the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Piranha Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mark Anders Rydell
  • Publication number: 20200170818
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, and methods that can be used in the treatment of obesity and related illnesses are disclosed. In some instances, a portion of the bowel of an obese patient is distended for a therapeutically effective period. The distention may be achieved by introduction of an object that is of foreign origin relative to the body of the patient into the bowel of the patient. In some instances, the distention is achieved by a medical device that transitions from an undeployed state, in which the medical device is introduced into the bowel of the patient, to an expanded state in which the medical device distends the bowel by an amount sufficient to trigger an intestinal-gastric brake in the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Ganz Brake, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander S. Ganz, Robert A. Ganz
  • Publication number: 20200138077
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to compositions comprising dietary fibers. For example, in some embodiments, the composition comprises two or more fibers (e.g., fibers such as wheat dextrin, inulin, pectin, or potato starch) each present in amount of about 2% to about 6% w/w of the composition. The present disclosure also relates to partially hydrolyzed dietary fibers and methods to prepare a partially hydrolyzed dietary. In some embodiments, the composition comprises further comprises an acid and/or a preservative present in an amount of about 0.01% to about 2% w/w of the composition. In some embodiments, the composition further includes a sweetener and/or a flavoring agent. Such compositions are useful in the treatment or improvement of gastrointestinal diseases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mo E. Saremi, William Christopfel
  • Patent number: 10596021
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, and methods that can be used in the treatment of obesity and related illnesses are disclosed. In some instances, a portion of the bowel of an obese patient is distended for a therapeutically effective period. The distention may be achieved by introduction of an object that is of foreign origin relative to the body of the patient into the bowel of the patient. In some instances, the distention is achieved by a medical device that transitions from an undeployed state, in which the medical device is introduced into the bowel of the patient, to an expanded state in which the medical device distends the bowel by an amount sufficient to trigger an intestinal-gastric brake in the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ganz Brake, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander S. Ganz, Robert A. Ganz
  • Publication number: 20190321427
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to topical compositions comprising a dermo-muscle relaxant, and optionally, one or more topical anesthetics or analgesics; a vitamin B3 compound; and/or a pharmaceutically acceptable plant extract. In some embodiments, the composition includes about 10% to about 20% w/w of the composition of the dermo-muscle relaxant. In some embodiments, the composition further includes about 1% to about 10% w/w of the composition of the topical anesthetic, topical analgesic, or a combination thereof. In some embodiments, the composition further includes a pharmaceutically acceptable base. In some embodiments, the pharmaceutically acceptable base comprises about 35% to about 95% w/w of the composition of a pharmaceutically acceptable oil, about 5% to about 25% w/w of the composition of a pharmaceutically acceptable wax, or a combination thereof. Such compositions are useful for treating anal fissure and cuts, abrasions, injuries, burns, and/or breakages on the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mo E. Saremi, William Christopfel
  • Publication number: 20190321312
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to topical compositions comprising one or more topical anesthetics or analgesics; a vitamin B3 compound; and a coating agent. In some embodiments, the composition comprises about 1% to about 10% w/w of the composition of the topical anesthetic, topical analgesic, or a combination thereof; about 1% to about 10% w/w of the composition of the vitamin B3 compound; and about 5% to about 50% w/w of the composition of the coating agent. In some embodiments, the composition further includes a pharmaceutically acceptable base. In some embodiments, the pharmaceutically acceptable base comprises about 35% to about 85% w/w of the composition of a pharmaceutically acceptable oil; about 1% to about 20% w/w of the composition of a pharmaceutically acceptable wax; or a combination thereof. Such compositions are useful for treating anal itch or pruritus ani.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mo E. Saremi, William Christopfel
  • Publication number: 20190313774
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching tissue to bone in a shifted position without requiring surgical detachment of muscle or connective tissue joining the tissue layer to the bone layer. The skin layer is gently pulled in a non-surgical manner and a fastener of the invention is driven through the skin layer into the bone layer to effect a “skin tightening” procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Zift Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Stanton J. Rowe, Robert A. Van Tassel, Ralph Schneider, Ming Wu, David John Blaeser, Philip Jon Haarstad, Eric J. Simso, Douglas Jay Krone, Brian Zelickson, Robert A. Ganz, Matt Blaeser, Matt Keillor
  • Publication number: 20190314181
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, and methods that can be used in the treatment of obesity and related illnesses are disclosed. In some instances, the cecum of an obese patient is distended to a pathophysiological size for a therapeutically effective period. The distention may be achieved by introduction of an object that is of foreign origin relative to the body of the patient into the cecum of the patient. In some instances, the distention is achieved by a medical device that transitions from an undeployed state, in which the medical device is introduced into the cecum of the patient, to an expanded state in which the medical device distends the cecum by an amount sufficient to trigger a colo-gastric brake in the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Emerald Ridge Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander S. Ganz, Robert A. Ganz, Travis Sessions, Steven Berhow, Michael W. Augustine
  • Publication number: 20190201183
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching tissue to bone in a shifted position without requiring surgical detachment of muscle or connective tissue joining the tissue layer to the bone layer. The skin and/or soft tissue layer is displaced in a surgical or non-surgical manner and a fastener of the invention is driven through the skin and/or soft tissue layer into the periosteum or bone layer to affect a tissue repositioning procedure. The method and apparatus may also be used to attach tissue to tissue an a shifted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Zift, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Stanton J. Rowe, Robert A. Van Tassel, Ralph Schneider, Ming Wu, David John Blaeser, Eric J. Simso, Philip Jon Haarstad, Douglas Jay Krone, Brian Zelickson, Robert A. Ganz, Matt Blaeser, Matt Keillor
  • Publication number: 20180344993
    Abstract: A system for clearing a blockage from a lumen of a patient, such as an impacted food bolus, can include a catheter that includes a distal end for insertion into the lumen of the patient. The catheter further includes a proximal end for coupling with a suction source at a position external to the patient. The catheter further includes a lumen extending through the proximal and distal ends. The system can include a cutting tip for cutting a morsel from the bolus as suction is applied to the bolus via the lumen of the catheter. The system can also include a positioning element that transitions from an undeployed state to a deployed state, which is expanded relative to the undeployed state. The positioning element can contact the esophagus to space the cutting tip from the esophagus when in the deployed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mark Anders Rydell, Travis Sessions, Steven Berhow, Doug Wahnschaffe, Michael W. Augustine
  • Publication number: 20180280040
    Abstract: A system for clearing a blockage in a patient can include a tubular member that defines a channel, the tubular member being insertable into an esophagus of the patient. The system can further include a catheter assembly that includes a catheter tube, which defines a length greater than a length of the tubular member and is passable through the channel of the tubular member while the tubular member is positioned in the esophagus of the patient. The catheter tube can include a distal tip that defines a cutting element to core the blockage positioned in the esophagus of the patient. The catheter assembly can further include a proximal end coupled with the catheter tube, the proximal end being couplable with a vacuum line such that, when suction is provided via the vacuum line, advancement of the catheter tube into contact with the blockage cores from the blockage a piece of the blockage that is passed through the catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Robert A. Ganz, Mark Anders Rydell, Travis Sessions, Steven Berhow, Doug Wahnschaffe, Michael W. Augustine
  • Publication number: 20180177623
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, and methods that can be used in the treatment of obesity and related illnesses are disclosed. In some instances, a portion of the bowel of an obese patient is distended for a therapeutically effective period. The distention may be achieved by introduction of an object that is of foreign origin relative to the body of the patient into the bowel of the patient. In some instances, the distention is achieved by a medical device that transitions from an undeployed state, in which the medical device is introduced into the bowel of the patient, to an expanded state in which the medical device distends the bowel by an amount sufficient to trigger an intestinal-gastric brake in the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2017
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander S. Ganz, Robert A. Ganz