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: 8388528
    Abstract: A surgical retractor device includes a frame and at least one retracting member configured for being secured to the collapsible frame. The retracting member is formed from a spring-biased rotatable member, a tension line secured at a proximal end to the spring-biased rotatable member, and a tissue securing member disposed at a distal end of the tension line. In certain embodiments, the surgical retractor may be collapsible and delivered laparoscopically to the resection site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Dino D. Buro
  • Publication number: 20120330094
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating female stress urinary incontinence are disclosed. The methods include transvaginally accessing the pelvic cavity and introducing a suburethral sling into the retropubic space. In some embodiments the ends of the sling are attached to an anatomical support structure. In other embodiments, the ends of the suburethral sling are not attached to an anatomical support structure. The devices include a surgical instrument for blunt dissection of the pelvic cavity which includes a curved shaft and a blunt distal end. A hook deployment device may optionally be attached to the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 8273324
    Abstract: A particle includes a ferromagnetic material, a radiopaque material, and/or an MRI-visible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Thomas V. Casey, II, Janel Lanphere
  • Publication number: 20120220994
    Abstract: A medical device for delivering RF energy to a target tissue region includes an elongate delivery cannula having a lumen in communication with a distal opening. A deployment member is positioned and longitudinally movable in the lumen. An array of electrode elements are secured to a distal end of the deployment member, the deployment member being movable from a delivery position, in which the electrode elements are positioned within the lumen, to a deployed position, in which the electrode elements extend distally out of the cannula distal opening. A sealing member formed from a bio-compatible material sufficiently rigid to penetrate solid body tissue partially extends from, and substantially seals, the distal cannula opening when the deployment member is in the delivery position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Pearson, Robert Garabedian, Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 8221417
    Abstract: Electro-surgical instrument and attachments for converting a mechanical surgical instrument into an electro-surgical instrument are disclosed for applying electrical current to tissue, such as a blood vessel, to seal or cauterize the tissue. A cover element is slidable over a distal end of a component of a mechanical surgical instrument, such as a forceps. Each cover element defines a single pocket or cavity and a single aperture or opening at one end thereof for receiving and surrounding the distal end of the component and an electrically conductive element attached to an outer surface of the cover element. RF energy can be applied to tissue through the electrically conductive elements. After the procedure, the cover elements can be slidably removed from the forceps member and are disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Kathleen Kane, Devon Berman
  • Patent number: 8216232
    Abstract: Tissue ablation probes are provided. Each tissue ablation probe comprises an electrically conductive probe shaft, at least one tissue ablation electrode carried by a distal end of the probe shaft, and an electrically insulative outer sheath disposed on the probe shaft. The sheath is at least partially composed of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and another material comprising condensed-phase particles interspersed throughout the PEEK to increase the echogenicity of the outer sheath. The durability of the PEEK allows the sheath to be formed as thinly as possible, thereby minimizing the diameter of the ablation probe, while the inclusion of condensed-phase particles within the PEEK does not significantly degrade the durability of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathleen Fernald, Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 8216235
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering electrical energy includes a tubular member having a pair of opposing members extendable from the distal end of the tubular member, the opposing members being directable towards one another for engaging tissue between inner surfaces of the opposing members, the opposing members having one or more electrodes for delivering electrical energy to tissue engaged between the opposing members. One or more hollow needles extend from an inner surface of at least one opposing member, the hollow needles configured to deliver conductive fluid from a lumen into tissue penetrated by the needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Robert Garabedian, Christopher Pearson
  • Publication number: 20120116385
    Abstract: Tissue ablation probes are provided. Each tissue ablation probe comprises an electrically conductive probe shaft, at least one tissue ablation electrode carried by a distal end of the probe shaft, and an electrically insulative outer sheath disposed on the probe shaft. The sheath is at least partially composed of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and another material comprising condensed-phase particles interspersed throughout the PEEK to increase the echogenicity of the outer sheath. The durability of the PEEK allows the sheath to be formed as thinly as possible, thereby minimizing the diameter of the ablation probe, while the inclusion of condensed-phase particles within the PEEK does not significantly degrade the durability of the sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Kathleen Fernald, Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 8157850
    Abstract: An endoluminal graft is wrapped axially upon itself to form a low profile, which facilitates endoluminal delivery. Apparatus and systems for making and using such grafts are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy Usiak, Paul DiCarlo, Robert F. Rioux, Kristian DiMatteo, James Weldon, Shubhang Mishra
  • Patent number: 8142427
    Abstract: An invasive medical device for delivery radio frequency energy to a target tissue region includes an elongate delivery cannula having a lumen in communication with a distal opening. A deployment member is positioned and longitudinally movable in the lumen. An array of electrode elements are secured to a distal end of the deployment member, the deployment member being movable from a delivery position, in which the electrode elements are positioned within the lumen, to a deployed position, in which the electrode elements extend distally out of the cannula distal opening. A sealing member formed from a biocompatible material sufficiently rigid to penetrate solid body tissue partially extends from, and substantially seals, the distal cannula opening when the deployment member is in the delivery position. By way of examples, the sealing member may be carried on a distal end of the deployment member, or on a separately movable deployment member, or frictionally fit in the cannula distal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Pearson, Robert Garabedian, Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 8100901
    Abstract: Tissue ablation probes are provided. Each tissue ablation probe comprises an electrically conductive probe shaft, at least one tissue ablation electrode carried by a distal end of the probe shaft, and an electrically insulative outer sheath disposed on the probe shaft. The sheath is at least partially composed of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and another material comprising condensed-phase particles interspersed throughout the PEEK to increase the echogenicity of the outer sheath. The durability of the PEEK allows the sheath to be formed as thinly as possible, thereby minimizing the diameter of the ablation probe, while the inclusion of condensed-phase particles within the PEEK does not significantly degrade the durability of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathleen Fernald, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20110281643
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a lock-box device that requires a child or any other user to answer one or more educational questions correctly before being allowed access to one or more entertainment systems that require power such as a television, a computer, and a video game console.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Paul DiCarlo
  • Publication number: 20110280947
    Abstract: A particle includes a ferromagnetic material, a radiopaque material, and/or an MRI-visible material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Boston SciMed Place
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Thomas V. Casey, II, Janel Lanphere
  • Patent number: 8016826
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods are provided for resecting a portion of tissue to be removed (e.g., unhealthy tissue, such as cancerous tissue) from a portion of the tissue to be retained (e.g., healthy tissue) within a patient is provided. An electrically conductive fluid, such as saline, may be absorbed into a hydrophilic electrode. Electrical energy (e.g., radio frequency (RF) energy) is conveyed to or from the hydrophilic electrode while being moved in proximity to the tissue along a resection line, whereby tissue adjacent to the resection line is coagulated. A resection member, such as a blunt resection member or a resection electrode, which may be on the same device as the hydrophilic electrode, is used to separate the tissue along the resection line to resect the tissue portion to be removed from the tissue portion to be retained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Paul DiCarlo, Arnold Oyola
  • Patent number: 8012454
    Abstract: A particle includes a ferromagnetic material, a radiopaque material, and/or an MRI-visible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Thomas V. Casey, II, Janel L. Lanphere
  • Publication number: 20110213388
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating female stress urinary incontinence are disclosed. The methods include transvaginally accessing the pelvic cavity and introducing a suburethral sling into the retropubic space. In some embodiments the ends of the sling are attached to an anatomical support structure. In other embodiments, the ends of the suburethral sling are not attached to an anatomical support structure. The devices include a surgical instrument for blunt dissection of the pelvic cavity which includes a curved shaft and a blunt distal end. A hook deployment device may optionally be attached to the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 8007496
    Abstract: A method of treating a tissue region (e.g., a tumor) is provided. The method comprises introducing a delivery sheath within an anatomical conduit that supplies the tissue region with a fluid (e.g., blood or air). The anatomical conduit may be any naturally occurring conduit within a patient. The method further comprises expanding an occlusive device (e.g., a balloon) associated with the delivery sheath, such that the conduit is at least partially occluded to reduce the flow of fluid through the conduit. The method further comprises introducing a tissue treatment catheter within the delivery sheath, advancing the treatment catheter from the delivery sheath through an aperture in a wall of the conduit adjacent the tissue region, and conveying thermal energy from (i.e., hyperthermia) or to the treatment catheter (i.e., hypothermia) to treat (e.g., by ablating) the tissue region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Jeffrey V. Bean
  • Patent number: 7993335
    Abstract: Ablation probes are provided for perfusing the tissue, while the tissue is ablated. The ablation probe comprises an elongated shaft and an ablative element, such as a needle electrode. The ablation probe further comprises a lumen that extends through the probe shaft, which will be used to deliver an fluid to the distal end of the probe shaft for perfusion into the surrounding tissue. The ablation probe further comprises a porous structure that is associated with the distal end of the shaft in fluid communication with the lumen. For example, the distal end of the shaft, or the entirety of the shaft, can be composed of the porous structure. Or, if the ablative element is an electrode, the electrode can be composed of the porous structure. Because the pores within the porous structure are pervasive, the fluid will freely flow out into the tissue notwithstanding that some of the pores may become clogged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Bovie Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Robert Garabedian
  • Patent number: 7959549
    Abstract: A system for treating tissue includes a cannula having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending between the proximal and the distal ends, and an array of delivery tubes at least partially disposed within the lumen, each of the delivery tube having a lumen, wherein each of the delivery tubes is slidable relative to the cannula, and has a first configuration when inside the lumen, and a second configuration when outside the lumen. A system for treating tissue includes a treatment device having a distal end, and an indexing device for controlling a longitudinal position of the distal end of the treatment device relative to a target tissue region, the indexing device having a tubular portion for receiving the treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Jeffrey Bean
  • Patent number: 7962197
    Abstract: A system and method for treating a target tissue region (e.g., malignant tissue) is provided. A hyperthermic probe is placed into contact with the target tissue region, and the target tissue region is exposed to a therapeutic x-ray radiation beam. The probe is operated to increase the temperature of the target tissue region, thereby facilitating a therapeutic effect of the radiation beam. Image data of the probe containing a fiducial datum is acquired while in contact with the target tissue region, a position of the target tissue region within a treatment coordinate system is determined based on the fiducial datum, and the radiation beam is spatially adjusted relative to the target tissue region based on the determined position of the target tissue region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Paul DiCarlo