Patents by Inventor Roy Cheeks

Roy Cheeks 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: 20200138500
    Abstract: A cryogenic medical device for delivery of subcooled liquid cryogen to various configurations of cryoprobes is designed for the treatment of damaged, diseased, cancerous or other unwanted tissues. The device is a closed or semi-closed system in which the liquid cryogen is contained in both the supply and return stages. The device is capable of generating cryogen to a supercritical state and may be utilized in any rapid cooling systems. As designed, the device comprises a number of parts including a vacuum insulated outer dewar, submersible cryogen pump, baffled linear heat exchanger, multiple pressurization cartridges, a return chamber, and a series of valves to control the flow of the liquid cryogen. The cryogenic medical device promotes the subcooling to any external cryogenic instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Publication number: 20200030018
    Abstract: An ablation instrument having a longitudinal body with a plurality of sidewalls that form a flexible sleeve, where the plurality of sidewalls that form the flexible sleeve are slotless. The longitudinal body has a proximal end, a distal end, and a central axis. A luminary space is formed within the plurality of sidewalls and at least one internal component is inserted through the proximal end of the longitudinal body and extends through the luminary space to the distal end. The internal component is interconnected with a deflection mechanism for controlling the distal end of the longitudinal body such that the distal end is capable of multi-planar movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: John M. Baust, Claudia Lueckge, Roy Cheeks, John G. Baust, Anthony T. Robi
  • Patent number: 10182859
    Abstract: A cryogenic medical device for delivery of subcooled liquid cryogen to various configurations of cryoprobes is designed for the treatment of damaged, diseased, cancerous or other unwanted tissues. The device is a closed or semi-closed system in which the liquid cryogen is contained in both the supply and return stages. The device comprises a number of parts including a vacuum insulated outer dewar, submersible cryogen pump, baffled linear heat exchanger, return chamber, and a series of valves to control the flow of the liquid cryogen. The cryogenic medical device promotes the subcooling to any external cryogenic probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Endocare, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Publication number: 20160338754
    Abstract: A cryogenic medical device for delivery of subcooled liquid cryogen to various configurations of cryoprobes is designed for the treatment of damaged, diseased, cancerous or other unwanted tissues. The device is a closed or semi-closed system in which the liquid cryogen is contained in both the supply and return stages. The device is capable of generating cryogen to a supercritical state and may be utilized in any rapid cooling systems. As designed, the device comprises a number of parts including a vacuum insulated outer dewar, submersible cryogen pump, baffled linear heat exchanger, multiple pressurization cartridges, a return chamber, and a series of valves to control the flow of the liquid cryogen. The cryogenic medical device promotes the subcooling to any external cryogenic instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Patent number: 9408654
    Abstract: A cryogenic medical device for delivery of subcooled liquid cryogen to various configurations of cryoprobes is designed for the treatment of damaged, diseased, cancerous or other unwanted tissues. The device is a closed or semi-closed system in which the liquid cryogen is contained in both the supply and return stages. The device is capable of generating cryogen to a supercritical state and may be utilized in any rapid cooling systems. As designed, the device comprises a number of parts including a vacuum insulated outer dewar, submersible cryogen pump, baffled linear heat exchanger, multiple pressurization cartridges, a return chamber, and a series of valves to control the flow of the liquid cryogen. The cryogenic medical device promotes the subcooling to any external cryogenic instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Endocare, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Publication number: 20150338008
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention is a cryo-connector, a connector that allows for the delivery and return of a cryogen in an axial configuration. In one embodiment, the connector is a tri-axial configuration allowing for the delivery and return of pressurized cryogen as well as the application of an independent vacuum in the third lumen. Various configurations, however, may accommodate any number of luminary spaces such that cryogen (or other fluids) and/or vacuum spaces may be created in a fashion complementary to the components that the connector will affix to and interconnect with. The connectors can be utilized with any low temperature, cryogenic device and at varying pressures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: John M. Baust, Claudia Luekge, Roy Cheeks, Melisa K. Dobson, Anthony T. Robilotto
  • Publication number: 20150257810
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention is a flexible cryogenic probe tip. The flexible probe tip has a linear freeze zone at a distal end of the probe that allows for its placement and precisely controlled movements. The flexible cryogenic probe tip precisely conforms to the target tissue surface to create a linear lesion. In addition, the probe tip is steerable to facilitate proper placement with minimal access points into a patient's body. Various configurations of the flexible probe tip allow it to conform and ablate tissue of many sizes, shapes, and/or dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: John M. Baust, Claudia Luekge, Roy Cheeks, John G. Baust, Anthony T. Robilotto
  • Patent number: 8998888
    Abstract: A cryogenic medical device for delivery of subcooled liquid cryogen to various configurations of cryoprobes is designed for the treatment of damaged, diseased, cancerous or other unwanted tissues. The device is a closed or semi-closed system in which the liquid cryogen is contained in both the supply and return stages. The device is capable of generating cryogen to a supercritical state and may be utilized in any rapid cooling systems. As designed, the device comprises a number of parts including a vacuum insulated outer dewar, submersible cryogen pump, baffled linear heat exchanger, multiple pressurization cartridges, a return chamber, and a series of valves to control the flow of the liquid cryogen. The cryogenic medical device promotes the subcooling to any external cryogenic instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Endocare, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Patent number: 8551081
    Abstract: A cryosurgical system and method for supplying cryogen to a probe. The system including a container filled with cryogen and having bellows of a pump submerged within said cryogen. Conduits fluidly interconnect the bellows and a probe that is outside the container to permit the cryogen to be forced from the bellows to the probe upon activation of pump. A pressure relief valve is fluidly coupled to the conduits and positioned between the bellows and the probe. After initially forcing cryogen to the probe at a pressure that establishes a colligative-based sub-cooling of the liquid cryogen, the pressure relief valve is activated to lower the pressure of the cryogen to a running pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Endocare, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks
  • Patent number: 8439905
    Abstract: The device of the invention takes the form of a catheter/probe and is a closed loop system in which cryogen is delivered along the length of the catheter/probe to the tip where freezing occurs, and then recirculated. The device is a tube within a tube and comprises a number of parts including supply and return (internal) tubes, outer sheath (external tube) seaJed to the inner tubes at one or both ends with a gas filled lumen between the internal and external tubes. The lumen of the external tube is filled with a saturated gas which solidifies upon cooling, thereby creating a vacuum along the catheter length and providing for insulation between the inner and outer tubes, and preventing freezing along the probe shaft length. The outside surface of the internal tubes is modified to potentiate gas nucleation on the outer surfaces of the internal tubes when cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Endocare, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Publication number: 20120059364
    Abstract: A cryogenic medical device for delivery of subcooled liquid cryogen to various configurations of cryoprobes is designed for the treatment of damaged, diseased, cancerous or other unwanted tissues, particularly as utilized for the ablation of cardiac tissue in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. The device is a closed or semi-closed system in which the liquid cryogen is nitrogen contained in both the supply and return stages. The device is capable of generating cryogen to a supercritical state, specifically supercritical nitrogen, and may be utilized in any rapid cooling systems. As designed, the device also integrates endocardial catheters and epicardial probes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Melissa K. Dobson, Anthony T. Robilotto, Kristi K. Snyder, Rob Van Buskirk
  • Publication number: 20110245823
    Abstract: A cryosurgical system and method for supplying cryogen to a probe. The system including a container filled with cryogen and having bellows of a pump submerged within said cryogen. Conduits fluidly interconnect the bellows and a probe that is outside the container to permit the cryogen to be forced from the bellows to the probe upon activation of pump. A pressure relief valve is fluidly coupled to the conduits and positioned between the bellows and the probe. After initially forcing cryogen to the probe at a pressure that establishes a colligative-based sub-cooling of the liquid cryogen, the pressure relief valve is activated to lower the pressure of the cryogen to a running pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: ENDOCARE, INC.
    Inventors: JOHN G. BAUST, ROY CHEEKS
  • Publication number: 20110225988
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention is a cryo-connector, a connector that allows for the delivery and return of a cryogen in an axial configuration. In one embodiment, the connector is a tri-axial configuration allowing for the delivery and return of pressurized cryogen as well as the application of an independent vacuum in the third lumen. Various configurations, however, may accommodate any number of luminary spaces such that cryogen (or other fluids) and/or vacuum spaces may be created in a fashion complementary to the components that the connector will affix to and interconnect with. The connectors can be utilized with any low temperature, cryogenic device and at varying pressures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: CPSI BIOTECH
    Inventors: John M. Baust, Claudia Lueckge, Roy Cheeks, Melissa K. Dobson, Anthony T. Robilotto
  • Publication number: 20110184402
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention is a flexible cryogenic probe tip. The flexible probe tip has a linear freeze zone at a distal end of the probe that allows for its placement and precisely controlled movements. The flexible cryogenic probe tip precisely conforms to the target tissue surface to create a linear lesion. In addition, the probe tip is steerable to facilitate proper placement with minimal access points into a patient's body. Various configurations of the flexible probe tip allow it to conform and ablate tissue of many sizes, shapes, and/or dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: CPSI BIOTECH
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony T. Robilotto, Claudia Lueckge
  • Publication number: 20100256622
    Abstract: A cryogenic medical device for delivery of subcooled liquid cryogen to various configurations of cryoprobes is designed for the treatment of damaged, diseased, cancerous or other unwanted tissues. The device is a closed or semi-closed system in which the liquid cryogen is contained in both the supply and return stages. The device is capable of generating cryogen to a supercritical state and may be utilized in any rapid cooling systems. As designed, the device comprises a number of parts including a vacuum insulated outer dewar, submersible cryogen pump, baffled linear heat exchanger, multiple pressurization cartridges, a return chamber, and a series of valves to control the flow of the liquid cryogen. The cryogenic medical device promotes the subcooling to any external cryogenic instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Publication number: 20100076421
    Abstract: The device of the invention takes the form of a catheter/probe and is a closed loop system in which cryogen is delivered along the length of the catheter/probe to the tip where freezing occurs, and then is recirculated. The device is a tube within a tube and comprises a number of parts including supply and return tubes (internal tubes), outer sheath (external tube) sealed to the inner tubes at one or both ends with a gas filled lumen between the internal and external tubes. The lumen of the external tube is filled with a saturated gas which solidifies upon cooling, thereby creating a vacuum along the length of the catheter and providing for insulation between the inner and outer tubes, and preventing freezing along the length of the probe shaft. Further, the outside surface of the internal tubes is modified to potentiate gas nucleation on the outer surfaces of the internal tubes when cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Publication number: 20100057067
    Abstract: A cryogenic medical device for delivery of subcooled liquid cryogen to various configurations of cryoprobes is designed for the treatment of damaged, diseased, cancerous or other unwanted tissues. The device is a closed or semi-closed system in which the liquid cryogen is contained in both the supply and return stages. The device is capable of generating cryogen to a supercritical state and may be utilized in any rapid cooling systems. As designed, the device comprises a number of parts including a vacuum insulated outer dewar, submersible cryogen pump, baffled linear heat exchanger, multiple pressurization cartridges, a return chamber, and a series of valves to control the flow of the liquid cryogen. The cryogenic medical device promotes the subcooling to any external cryogenic instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Publication number: 20100057064
    Abstract: A cryogenic medical device for delivery of subcooled liquid cryogen to various configurations of cryoprobes is designed for the treatment of damaged, diseased, cancerous or other unwanted tissues. The device is a closed or semi-closed system in which the liquid cryogen is contained in both the supply and return stages. The device comprises a number of parts including a vacuum insulated outer dewar, submersible cryogen pump, baffled linear heat exchanger, return chamber, and a series of valves to control the flow of the liquid cryogen. The cryogenic medical device promotes the subcooling to any external cryogenic probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: John M. Baust, John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks, Anthony Robilotto, Kristi Snyder
  • Publication number: 20090043297
    Abstract: A cryosurgical system and method for supplying cryogen to a probe. The system including a container filled with cryogen and having bellows of a pump submerged within said cryogen. Conduits fluidly interconnect the bellows and a probe that is outside the container to permit the cryogen to be forced from the bellows to the probe upon activation of pump. A pressure relief valve is fluidly coupled to the conduits and positioned between the bellows and the probe. After initially forcing cryogen to the probe at a pressure that establishes a colligative-based sub-cooling of the liquid cryogen, the pressure relief valve is activated to lower the pressure of the cryogen to a running pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: ENDOCARE, INC.
    Inventors: JOHN G. BAUST, ROY CHEEKS
  • Patent number: 7416548
    Abstract: A cryosurgical system and method for supplying cryogen to a probe. The system including a container filled with cryogen and having bellows of a pump submerged within said cryogen. Conduits fluidly interconnect the bellows and a probe that is outside the container to permit the cryogen to be forced from the bellows to the probe upon activation of pump. A pressure relief valve is fluidly coupled to the conduits and positioned between the bellows and the probe. After initially forcing cryogen to the probe at a pressure that establishes a colligative-based sub-cooling of the liquid cryogen, the pressure relief valve is activated to lower the pressure of the cryogen to a running pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Endocare, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Baust, Roy Cheeks