Patents by Inventor Robert F. Rioux

Robert F. Rioux 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: 10912602
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device can be delivered to a tissue site to provide supplemental sealing of vessels and/or vascular tissue that include suturing, stapling, or the like. The electrosurgical device is generally in the form of forceps, and includes an end effector assembly including opposing movable jaws. Each jaw includes a deformable pad or cushion including an electrode array positioned thereon. Each deformable cushion is configured to deliver a fluid, such as saline, during activation of the electrode array, thereby creating a virtual electrode which couples radiofrequency (RF) energy emitted from the electrode array into tissue in which the RF energy is converted into thermal energy. The deformable cushion and electrode array provide a controlled degree of compression upon the target tissue or vessel to maintain integrity of a suture, staple, or clip, as well as controlled energy emission for sealing, cauterizing, coagulating, and/or desiccating the target tissue or vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Innoblative Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 10912483
    Abstract: The invention is a system and a handheld device for use in open or minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as a bone implant fixation procedure. The handheld device is configured to perform various functions during a bone implant fixation procedure, including performing at least one of: penetration of a bone to form a hole or opening for receipt of a screw; neuromonitoring, in cooperation with a neuromonitoring device, of the hole during, or post-, formation of the hole so as to sense any nearby nerves adjacent to the hole that may be in the path of a screw, or otherwise affected, when a screw is placed within the hole; neurostimulation, in cooperation with a neuromonitoring device, of nerves adjacent to the hole during, or post-, formation of the hole; and measuring of a depth of the hole and providing a digital measurement of the depth to assist the surgeon in selecting the appropriate length of screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: EDGE SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Tomas Matusaitis, Kenneth Hoos, Christopher Wilson, Robert F. Rioux, Nitin Khanna, Frank Phillips, Jim A. Youssef, Aniruddha Raina, Antonio Belton
  • Publication number: 20210030111
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to removable outsole cushion attachments and shoe covers that are cushioned and disposable. The removable outsole cushion attachments and shoe covers can be used by healthcare professionals and others to achieve comfort and eliminate or at least reduce the fatigue associated with standing for long periods of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: V. Suzanne Klimberg, Kenneth Hoos, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20200397487
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures, including bone implant fixation procedures. The assembly is configured to provide a faster and more accurate measurement of depth of holes for placement of bone screws and fasteners. The assembly includes a guidewire having a deployable distal hook member configured to securely anchor into a desired position relative to a hole drilled in a bone and thereby provide an accurate datum for a measuring instrument for determining a depth of the hole for subsequent screw placement. The assembly further includes a surgical depth instrument to cooperatively function with the guidewire and obtain one or more measurements while operably coupled to the guidewire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Aniruddha Raina, Robert F. Rioux, Christopher Wilson, Jim A. Youssef
  • Patent number: 10869714
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a tissue ablation system including an ablation device to be delivered to a target site and achieve both resection and coagulation of tissue. The ablation device can be used during an electrosurgical resection procedure to both resect tissue and further selectively coagulate surrounding tissue in the resection site so as to prevent or stop fluid accumulation (e.g., blood from vessel(s)) as a result of the resection of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Innoblative Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Tyler Wanke, Ryan M. Bean, Michelle Hasse
  • Patent number: 10792080
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures, including bone implant fixation procedures. The assembly is configured to provide a faster and more accurate measurement of depth of holes for placement of bone screws and fasteners. The assembly includes a guidewire having a deployable distal hook member configured to securely anchor into a desired position relative to a hole drilled in a bone and thereby provide an accurate datum for a measuring instrument for determining a depth of the hole for subsequent screw placement. The assembly further includes a surgical depth instrument to cooperatively function with the guidewire and obtain one or more measurements while operably coupled to the guidewire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: EDGE SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Aniruddha Raina, Robert F. Rioux, Christopher Wilson, Jim A. Youssef
  • Publication number: 20200289172
    Abstract: A device configured to provide a faster and more accurate measurement of depths of holes for placement of bone screws and fastener for bone implant fixation procedures. The device includes a combination of a bone probe for physical examination of a hole drilled in a bone and a depth gauge member for determining a depth of the hole and providing digital measurement of the depth via a display on the instrument and/or via a wireless exchange of measurement data to a remote computing device, such as a tablet or smartphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth Hoos, Robert F. Rioux, Joshua A. Rose, Grant Grummer
  • Publication number: 20200289171
    Abstract: A device configured to provide a faster and more accurate measurement of depths of holes for placement of bone screws and fastener for bone implant fixation procedures. The device includes a combination of a bone probe for physical examination of a hole drilled in a bone and a depth gauge member for determining a depth of the hole and providing digital measurement of the depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth Hoos, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20200261610
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, an indwelling catheter is provided which comprises a catheter shaft. The catheter either comprises a light source or is adapted to receive light from a light source, and is configured such that light is transmitted from the light source into the catheter shaft. Moreover, the catheter shaft is formed of a polymeric material that transmits a quantity of light from the light source that is effective to inactivate microorganisms on a surface of the catheter shaft upon activation of the light source. For example, the light may inactivate the microorganisms directly or in conjunction with a photosensitizer. According to another aspect of the invention, a sterilization method is provided, which comprises activating the light source while the catheter is inserted in a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Raymond Lareau, Kristian Dimatteo
  • Publication number: 20200254179
    Abstract: Systems, components, and methods are disclosed for withdrawing drug from a liquid drug container and transferring drug to a medical device. One or more components may have keying features so that only the correct liquid drug container and medical device are accessed, making sure the medical device is filled with the correct drug. A syringe needle hub may have keying features corresponding to keying features on a cap on the liquid drug container and on the medical device. An alignment device facilitates easy-to-operate filling of a medical device. The alignment device aligns a liquid drug container over a fill port of the medical device and can include components for moving the liquid drug container into engagement with the medical device and for automatically initiating drug transfer to the medical device. A retractable skirt or needle cover protects the needle and is unlocked only when the skirt or needle cover is close to or touching the medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: David NAZZARO, Maureen MCCAFFREY, Robert F. RIOUX, Michael Philip GRAFFEO, Ian MCLAUGHLIN, Nicholas JANSKY, Sam ROSENBLUM, David CLARE, Robert D. SCHAEFER, Daniel P. ALLIS, Bryan DILLON, Steven BARLETTA, Bryan CHOATE, Raymond DOBRY, John LEFAVOUR
  • Publication number: 20200246069
    Abstract: The present invention is a minimally invasive articulating configured to be advanced through tortuous anatomy, particularly within a lung, and subsequently deliver at least two separately deployable ablation devices to a target site located at a bifurcated section of the lung (i.e., at a bronchial airway bifurcation). The pair of ablation devices are separately steerable towards respective first and second pathways extending from the bifurcation, such that each of the ablation devices can be positioned on either side of a target tissue proximate the bifurcation. The first and second ablation devices include expandable distal tips configured to transition to a deployed configuration, in which each expands in diameter and is configured to apply a degree of compression and/or RF energy emission to target lung tissue (i.e., diseased tissue, such as cancer or emphysema-related damaged tissue) for subsequent ablation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert F. RIOUX, Alyssa BAILEY, Tyler WANKE, Ryan M. Bean
  • Patent number: 10729491
    Abstract: A probe includes a shaft and an applicator head designed to treat irregularly-shaped hollow cavities, such as a cavity in breast tissue created by a lumpectomy procedure. The applicator head has a fixed geometry, and a plurality of electrodes can be advanced from an exterior surface of the applicator head in an omnidirectional pattern. The electrodes are used to deliver radiofrequency current or other energy to ablate the marginal tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Tyler R. Wanke, Yearnchee Curtis Wang, Adam Piotrowski, Tyler Graf, Aldo Ansel
  • Publication number: 20200208955
    Abstract: A device configured to provide a faster and more accurate measurement of depths of holes for placement of bone screws and fastener for bone implant fixation procedures. The device includes a combination of a bone probe for physical examination of a hole drilled in a bone and a depth gauge member for determining a depth of the hole and providing digital measurement of the depth via a display on the instrument and/or via a wireless exchange of measurement data to a remote computing device, such as a tablet or smartphone. The device may further be connected to a separate neuromonitoring device and be used for nerve sensing and/or nerve stimulation by way of the bone probe. For example, the bone probe may include a conductive material such that the distal probe tip acts as an extension of the neuromonitoring device and may be used to sense and/or stimulate nerves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Jordan N. Jacobs, Christopher Wilson, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20200166324
    Abstract: A device configured to provide a faster and more accurate measurement of depths of holes for placement of bone screws and fastener for bone implant fixation procedures. The device includes a combination of a bone probe for physical examination of a hole drilled in a bone and a depth gauge member for determining a depth of the hole and providing digital measurement of the depth via a display on the instrument and/or via a wireless exchange of measurement data to a remote computing device, such as a tablet or smartphone. The device may further be connected to a separate neuromonitoring device and be used for nerve sensing and/or nerve stimulation by way of the bone probe. For example, the bone probe may include a conductive material such that the distal probe tip acts as an extension of the neuromonitoring device and may be used to sense and/or stimulate nerves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Christopher Wilson, Victor Simoes, Tyler Wanke
  • Patent number: 10661015
    Abstract: A wearable drug delivery device has a needle assembly and a drug vial arranged side-by-side. This arrangement makes the device compact so that it can be easily worn around a user's wrist, for example. When the user triggers the device to inject a dose of medication like epinephrine, in an orchestrated sequence, a first spring drives the needle assembly downward and inserts a needle into the user while connecting the needle assembly to the drug vial. A second spring then delivers the dose from the drug vial through the needle and into the user. Advantageously, the small form factor encourages the user to wear the device and have lifesaving medication at the ready.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Summit Street Medical LLC
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Matthew Laplaca, Brian Grasso, Matt Bomes
  • Patent number: 10661012
    Abstract: Systems, components, and methods are disclosed for withdrawing drug from a liquid drug container and transferring drug to a medical device. One or more components may have keying features so that only the correct liquid drug container and medical device are accessed, making sure the medical device is filled with the correct drug. A syringe needle hub may have keying features corresponding to keying features on a cap on the liquid drug container and on the medical device. An alignment device facilitates easy-to-operate filling of a medical device. The alignment device aligns a liquid drug container over a fill port of the medical device and can include components for moving the liquid drug container into engagement with the medical device and for automatically initiating drug transfer to the medical device. A retractable skirt or needle cover protects the needle and is unlocked only when the skirt or needle cover is close to or touching the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Insulet Corporation
    Inventors: David Nazzaro, Maureen McCaffrey, Robert F. Rioux, Michael Philip Graffeo, Ian McLaughlin, Nicholas Jansky, Sam Rosenblum, David Clare, Robert D. Schaefer, Daniel P. Allis, Bryan Dillon, Steven Barletta, Bryan Choate, Raymond Dobry, John LeFavour
  • Publication number: 20200138541
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes customized guidance devices in the form of guidance templates configured to fit over a given area of a patient's body and provide guidance during a tissue treatment or tissue removal procedure of that given area, which may include administration of an agent to a target tissue, target tissue biopsy, target tissue resection, or target tissue ablation. The customized guidance templates are generally constructed via an additive manufacturing process (i.e., three-dimensional (3D) printing) or subtractive manufacturing process (i.e., milling) based on a fabrication instruction file, which may include imaging data of the given area of the patient's body in which targeted tissue treatment is to be performed. The fabrication instruction file may further include additional data, such as the type of procedure to be performed (i.e., biopsy of the tissue abnormality, destruction or resection of the tissue abnormality, etc.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Krishnaswamy, Robert F. Rioux, David Danielsen, George Bourne
  • Patent number: 10603393
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, an indwelling catheter is provided which comprises a catheter shaft. The catheter either comprises a light source or is adapted to receive light from a light source, and is configured such that light is transmitted from the light source into the catheter shaft. Moreover, the catheter shaft is formed of a polymeric material that transmits a quantity of light from the light source that is effective to inactivate microorganisms on a surface of the catheter shaft upon activation of the light source. For example, the light may inactivate the microorganisms directly or in conjunction with a photosensitizer. According to another aspect of the invention, a sterilization method is provided, which comprises activating the light source while the catheter is inserted in a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Raymond Lareau, Kristian DiMatteo
  • Patent number: 10578415
    Abstract: A device configured to provide a faster and more accurate measurement of depths of holes for placement of bone screws and fastener for bone implant fixation procedures. The device includes a combination of a bone probe for physical examination of a hole drilled in a bone and a depth gauge member for determining a depth of the hole and providing digital measurement of the depth via a display on the instrument and/or via a wireless exchange of measurement data to a remote computing device, such as a tablet or smartphone. The device may further be connected to a separate neuromonitoring device and be used for nerve sensing and/or nerve stimulation by way of the bone probe. For example, the bone probe may include a conductive material such that the distal probe tip acts as an extension of the neuromonitoring device and may be used to sense and/or stimulate nerves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: EDGE SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Christopher Wilson, Victor Simoes, Tyler Wanke
  • Patent number: 10578416
    Abstract: A device configured to provide a faster and more accurate measurement of depths of holes for placement of bone screws and fastener for bone implant fixation procedures. The device includes a combination of a bone probe for physical examination of a hole drilled in a bone and a depth gauge member for determining a depth of the hole and providing digital measurement of the depth via a display on the instrument and/or via a wireless exchange of measurement data to a remote computing device, such as a tablet or smartphone. The device may further be connected to a separate neuromonitoring device and be used for nerve sensing and/or nerve stimulation by way of the bone probe. For example, the bone probe may include a conductive material such that the distal probe tip acts as an extension of the neuromonitoring device and may be used to sense and/or stimulate nerves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: EDGE SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jordan N. Jacobs, Christopher Wilson, Robert F. Rioux