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: 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
  • Patent number: 10555791
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: CairnSurgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Krishnaswamy, Robert F. Rioux, David Danielsen, George Bourne
  • Publication number: 20200030026
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a medical device for providing treatment to diseased tissue and cells. The medical device is configured to ablate a target tissue surface, optionally within a resection cavity, and further deliver a therapeutic that targets diseased (e.g., cancer) cells via a marker whose expression is upregulated by the ablation. The ablation directly kills diseased cells associated with the tissue surface. While some diseased cells evade direct ablation, those cells nevertheless upregulate certain cell surface markers in response to the ablation, even while other, healthy or normal cells do not upregulate expression of the marker in response to the ablation. Devices and methods disclosed herein are used to deliver a therapeutic that uses the upregulated cell surface marker to cause the death of those diseased cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Michelle Hasse, Tyler Wanke
  • Patent number: 10524855
    Abstract: A medical assembly and method are provided to effectively treat abnormal tissue, such as, a tumor. The target tissue is thermally ablate using a suitable source, such as RF or laser energy. A cooling shield is placed in contact with non-target tissue adjacent the target tissue, and actively cooled to conduct thermal energy away from the non-target tissue. In one method, the cooling shield can be placed between two organs, in which case, one of the two organs can comprise the target tissue, and the other of the two organs can comprise the non-target tissue. In this case, the cooling shield may comprise an actively cooled inflatable balloon, which can be disposed between the two organs when deflated, and then inflated. The inflated balloon can be actively cooled by pumping a cooling medium through it. In another method, the cooling shield can be embedded within the non-target tissue. In this case, the cooling shield can comprise one or more needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Garabedian, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20190350668
    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: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Krishnaswamy, Robert F. Rioux, David Danielsen, George Bourne
  • Patent number: 10470818
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a medical device for providing treatment to diseased tissue and cells. The medical device is configured to ablate a target tissue surface, optionally within a resection cavity, and further deliver a therapeutic that targets diseased (e.g., cancer) cells via a marker whose expression is upregulated by the ablation. The ablation directly kills diseased cells associated with the tissue surface. While some diseased cells evade direct ablation, those cells nevertheless upregulate certain cell surface markers in response to the ablation, even while other, healthy or normal cells do not upregulate expression of the marker in response to the ablation. Devices and methods disclosed herein are used to deliver a therapeutic that uses the upregulated cell surface marker to cause the death of those diseased cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Innoblative Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Michelle Hasse, Tyler Wanke
  • Publication number: 20190321050
    Abstract: A medical device assembly including: an lung reduction device including a vertex, a first arm having an end connected to the vertex, and a second arm having an end connected to vertex, wherein the first and second arms extend into a respective one of airway branches in the lung and the vertex seats upstream of a bifurcation of the airway branches, wherein the first and second arms apply a bias force to the airway branches and thereby reduce a section of the lung near the airway branches; a bronchoscope including a channel housing the lung reduction device and having an opening to the channel through which the lung reduction device is deployed, and a pusher device associated with the bronchoscope and adapted to push the lung reduction device from the working channel to advance the first and second arms into the airway branches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Eolo Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Mark GELFAND, Anthony WONG, Robert F. RIOUX, Zoar ENGELMAN
  • Publication number: 20190314084
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tissue ablation system including an ablation device having a deployable applicator head configured to be delivered to a tissue cavity and ablate marginal tissue surrounding the tissue cavity. The deployable applicator head is configured to be delivered to a tissue cavity while in a collapsed configuration and ablate marginal tissue surrounding the tissue cavity while in an expanded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20190269420
    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: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Tomas Matusaitis, Kenneth Hoos, Christopher Wilson, Robert F. Rioux, Nitin Khanna, Frank Phillips, Jim A. Youssef, Aniruddha Raina, Antonio Belton
  • Patent number: 10342611
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tissue ablation system including an ablation device having a deployable applicator head configured to be delivered to a tissue cavity and ablate marginal tissue surrounding the tissue cavity. The deployable applicator head is configured to be delivered to a tissue cavity while in a collapsed configuration and ablate marginal tissue surrounding the tissue cavity while in an expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Innoblative Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20190142508
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a medical device for providing treatment to diseased tissue and cells. The medical device is configured to ablate a target tissue surface, optionally within a resection cavity, and further deliver a therapeutic that targets diseased (e.g., cancer) cells via a marker whose expression is upregulated by the ablation. The ablation directly kills diseased cells associated with the tissue surface. While some diseased cells evade direct ablation, those cells nevertheless upregulate certain cell surface markers in response to the ablation, even while other, healthy or normal cells do not upregulate expression of the marker in response to the ablation. Devices and methods disclosed herein are used to deliver a therapeutic that uses the upregulated cell surface marker to cause the death of those diseased cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Michelle Hasse, Tyler Wanke
  • Publication number: 20190086190
    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: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Jordan N. Jacobs, Christopher Wilson, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20190049227
    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: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Christopher Wilson, Victor Simoes, Tyler Wanke
  • Publication number: 20190000527
    Abstract: A tissue ablation system comprises an ablation source, such as an RF ablation source, configured for generating a common power signal, and a power multiplexor configured for splitting the power signal into first and second power signals, substantially attenuating the second power signal relative to the first power signal to create nominal and attenuated power signals, and sequentially delivering the nominal power signal to each tissue ablation probe, while delivering the attenuated power signal to the remaining ablation probes to which the nominal power signal is currently not delivered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Paul DiCarlo, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20180360505
    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: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Aniruddha Raina, Robert F. Rioux, Christopher Wilson, Jim A. Youssef
  • Publication number: 20180353664
    Abstract: The invention is an accessory configured to be fitted to an electrical surgical device and provide suction at a surgical site in which the electrical surgical device is being used. In particular, the accessory is in the form of a suction collar configured to be releasably coupled to the electrical surgical device, generally adjacent to a working end thereof, and provide suction to minimize the accumulation of excess steam, fluid, and/or debris from the surgical site during the treatment procedure. The suction collar is further configured to apply a sufficient suction force to a patient's skin surrounding the surgical site to aid in stabilizing the electrosurgical device in place and maintain the working end to the electrosurgical device within the surgical site during the procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Ryan M. Bean, Tyler Wanke, V. Suzanne Klimberg
  • Patent number: 10151570
    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: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: EDGe Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan N. Jacobs, Christopher Wilson, Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 10132607
    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: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: EDGe Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Christopher Wilson, Victor Simoes, Tyler Wanke
  • Publication number: 20180303534
    Abstract: A method of treating abnormal tissue within a patient includes positioning a delivery cannula within the patient, the delivery cannula having a first electrode disposed on its distal end; introducing an ablation probe through the cannula and out an open distal end thereof, so that a second ablation electrode carried on the ablation probe contacts abnormal tissue within the patient; conveying ablation energy between the first and second ablation electrodes to ablate the abnormal tissue; and introducing a separate medical element, whether a device or a therapeutic agent, through the cannula before or after the ablation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Paul DiCarlo, Steve M. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10070921
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a medical device for providing treatment to diseased tissue and cells. The medical device is configured to ablate a target tissue surface, optionally within a resection cavity, and further deliver a therapeutic that targets diseased (e.g., cancer) cells via a marker whose expression is upregulated by the ablation. The ablation directly kills diseased cells associated with the tissue surface. While some diseased cells evade direct ablation, those cells nevertheless upregulate certain cell surface markers in response to the ablation, even while other, healthy or normal cells do not upregulate expression of the marker in response to the ablation. Devices and methods disclosed herein are used to deliver a therapeutic that uses the upregulated cell surface marker to cause the death of those diseased cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Innoblative Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Michelle Hasse, Tyler Wanke