Patents by Inventor Ruey-Feng Peh

Ruey-Feng Peh 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: 20210007594
    Abstract: A tissue visualization system comprises a flexible elongate shaft through which a lumen extends. The system also comprises a pliable visualization device coupled to a distal portion of the flexible elongate shaft. The pliable visualization device includes a chamber configured to receive a fluid. The system also comprises a piercing instrument configured to extend through the lumen and to penetrate a surface of the pliable visualization device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: David Miller, Zachary J. Malchano, Ruey-Feng Peh, Christopher A. Rothe, Vahid Saadat, Edmund Tam, Aseem K. Thakur
  • Patent number: 10835663
    Abstract: A subcutaneous implantable device for guiding a vascular access member, the device including a channel defined by a through-hole in the device, wherein the channel is configured to guide the vascular access member there-through to a vascular site; and anchoring means adapted for fixedly attaching, in a form of using suture, tissue ingrowth, tissue encapsulation or tissue adhesion, the device to at least one of a dermis or a subcutaneous tissue at a position underneath the dermis to allow repeated access of the vascular access member through the channel to the vascular site, wherein the device is dimensioned to allow the device to be attached through the anchoring means for anchoring the entire device at a distance away from the vascular site, A method of creating scar tissue track for vascular access is also disclosed where the subcutaneous implantable device for guiding vascular access member is first implanted sub-dermally, the dermis is palpated to feel for the device location and orientation, the guiding
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Ruey Feng Peh, Soo Ghim Lim, Yee Han Kuan, Yanling Toh, Hsien Ts'ung Tay, Seck Guan Tan
  • Publication number: 20200305693
    Abstract: A system for visualizing a tissue region of interest comprises a deployment catheter defining a lumen and a hood coupled to and extending distally from the deployment catheter. The hood has a low-profile configuration within a delivery sheath and a deployed configuration when extended distally of the delivery sheath. The hood in the deployed configuration defines an open area in fluid communication with the lumen. A distal portion of the deployment catheter extends into the open area. The system also comprises an imaging element coupled to an imager support member. When the hood is in the deployed configuration, the imaging element is configured to extend distally of the distal portion of the deployment catheter while the imager support member extends within the deployment catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Chris A. Rothe, Edmund Tam
  • Patent number: 10772492
    Abstract: A method of inhibiting flow of a purging fluid from a device comprises positioning an imaging hood in proximity to a tissue region to be visualized. The imaging hood includes a distal membrane which defines a main aperture. The imaging hood and the distal membrane define an open area. The method also comprises introducing the purging fluid into a proximal portion of the open area. The proximal portion is bounded by a proximal membrane including a plurality of apertures. The method also comprises pressurizing the proximal membrane with the purging fluid to a partially extended state in which the purging fluid flows through the plurality of apertures and through the main aperture. The method also comprises pressurizing the proximal membrane with the purging fluid to a blocking extended state in which the proximal membrane obstructs the main aperture to block the flow of the purging fluid through the main aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Miller, Vahid Saadat, Zachary J. Malchano, Ruey-Feng Peh, Aseem K. Thakur, Christopher A. Rothe, Edmund Tam
  • Publication number: 20200246070
    Abstract: An apparatus may be used for ablating a target tissue region disposed along a tissue surface. The apparatus may comprise a means for directing ablating energy into the target tissue region through the tissue surface and a means for imaging the tissue surface along the target tissue region while selectively directing the ablating energy. The imaging means may be coupled to the energy directing means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: N. Parker Willis, Zachary J. Malchano, Chris A. Rothe, Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, David Miller, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 10624695
    Abstract: A method of ablating a tissue region within a blood-filled environment comprises restraining a fluid within a visualization field in a portion of the blood-filled environment and visualizing the tissue region through the fluid within the visualization field. The method also includes transmitting ablating electrical energy from the fluid into the visualized tissue region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: N. Parker Willis, Zachary J. Malchano, Chris A. Rothe, Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, David Miller, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 10588664
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, a subcutaneous implant delivery apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a receiving portion configured to receive a subcutaneous implantable device; and a stabilizing portion configured to cooperate with the receiving portion to hold the subcutaneous implantable device in a fixed position. The receiving portion and the stabilizing portion are movable relative to each other between a released configuration, wherein the receiving portion and the stabilizing portion are configured to move apart from each other to allow the receiving portion to be inserted under a skin layer, and a closed configuration, wherein the receiving portion and the stabilizing portion are configured to move toward each other to allow the subcutaneous implantable device to be held adjacent to the skin layer. According to further embodiments of the present invention, a method of delivering a subcutaneous implantable device for accessing a vascular site is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Soo Ghim Lim, Ruey Feng Peh, Yee Han Kuan, Yanling Toh
  • Publication number: 20200069166
    Abstract: A method of inhibiting flow of a purging fluid from a device comprises positioning an imaging hood in proximity to a tissue region to be visualized. The imaging hood includes a distal membrane which defines a main aperture. The imaging hood and the distal membrane define an open area. The method also comprises introducing the purging fluid into a proximal portion of the open area. The proximal portion is bounded by a proximal membrane including a plurality of apertures. The method also comprises pressurizing the proximal membrane with the purging fluid to a partially extended state in which the purging fluid flows through the plurality of apertures and through the main aperture. The method also comprises pressurizing the proximal membrane with the purging fluid to a blocking extended state in which the proximal membrane obstructs the main aperture to block the flow of the purging fluid through the main aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: David Miller, Vahid Saadat, Zachary J. Malchano, Ruey-Feng Peh, Aseem K. Thakur, Christopher A. Rothe, Edmund Tam
  • Publication number: 20190343373
    Abstract: A system for visualizing a tissue region of interest comprises a deployment catheter defining at least one lumen therethrough and a hood projecting distally from the deployment catheter. The hood defines an open area that is in fluid communication with the at least one lumen. The system also comprises a delivery catheter sized to extend through the lumen. The delivery catheter includes a distal portion extendable distally from the deployment catheter and into the open area defined by the hood. The distal portion extends distally from the deployment catheter is articulatable within the open area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Chris A. Rothe, Edmund Tam
  • Publication number: 20190314007
    Abstract: An apparatus for inhibiting tissue migration during a procedure comprises a deployment catheter defining at least one lumen therethrough and a non-inflatable hood projecting distally from the deployment catheter and defining an open area. The open area is in fluid communication with the at least one lumen. The apparatus also comprises a visualization element disposed within or along the non-inflatable hood for visualizing tissue adjacent to the open area. The apparatus also comprises a tissue grasping end effector positioned within the open area and configured to temporarily engage the tissue adjacent to the open area such that distal migration of the tissue relative to the barrier or membrane is inhibited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Christopher A. Rothe, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 10441136
    Abstract: A method of treatment comprises intravascularly securing an anchor extending from an anchor member at least partially within a vessel lumen such that blood flows unobstructed through or past the anchor. While the anchor is secured, a distance of the anchor member, between the anchor and a barrier or membrane projecting distally from a deployment catheter, is adjusted such that an open area defined by the barrier or membrane is placed against or adjacent to a portion of a patient tissue. Adjusting the distance of the anchor member comprises moving the deployment catheter distally with respect to the anchor member. The method also comprises displacing blood with a transparent fluid from the open area, and while the anchor is secured, articulating the barrier or membrane circumferentially around the anchor. The method also includes treating the tissue while visualizing through the transparent fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Chris A. Rothe, Edmund Tam
  • Publication number: 20190307331
    Abstract: Electrophysiology mapping and visualization systems are described herein where such devices may be used to visualize tissue regions as well as map the electrophysiological activity of the tissue. Such a system may include a deployment catheter and an attached hood deployable into an expanded configuration. In use, the imaging hood is placed against or adjacent to a region of tissue to be imaged in a body lumen that is normally filled with an opaque bodily fluid such as blood. A translucent or transparent fluid, such as saline, can be pumped into the imaging hood until the fluid displaces any blood, thereby leaving a clear region of tissue to be imaged via an imaging element in the deployment catheter. A position of the catheter and/or hood may be tracked and the hood may also be used to detect the electrophysiological activity of the visualized tissue for mapping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 10390685
    Abstract: A system comprises a deployment catheter defining at least one lumen and a hood projecting distally from the deployment catheter and defining an open area. The open area is in direct fluid communication with the at least one lumen. The system also comprises an elongate channel directly coupled to the hood such that the elongate channel terminates distally into the open area. The elongate channel extends proximally from an outer surface of the hood and is bounded proximally at a proximal pocket surface. The system also comprises an imaging element. The imaging element is sized to pass into the elongated channel at a distal end of the elongate channel. Proximal movement within the elongated channel is restricted by the proximal pocket surface. The system also comprises a control member extending within the elongate channel and through the proximal pocket surface for moving the imaging element through the elongate channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Chris A. Rothe, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 10368729
    Abstract: A method of inhibiting a flow of a purging fluid from a tissue visualization device comprises positioning an imaging hood attached to a distal end of a flexible elongate shaft in proximity to a tissue region to be visualized The method also comprises introducing the purging fluid into an inflation member suspended within an open area of the imaging hood. The inflation member includes at least one aperture on a proximal portion of the inflation member. The method also comprises inflating the inflation member to a partially inflated state in which the inflation member is circumferentially separated from an inner surface of the hood to form an annular flow path for the purging fluid from the at least one aperture, between the inner surface of the hood and the inflation member, and into fluid communication with an environment external to the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Miller, Vahid Saadat, Zachary J. Malchano, Ruey-Feng Peh, Aseem K. Thakur, Christopher A. Rothe, Edmund Tam
  • Publication number: 20190216625
    Abstract: A tissue manipulation system comprises a reconfigurable hood structure with a distal end. The structure has a low profile delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration which defines an open area bounded at least in part by the structure and by an interface surface extending across the hood structure distal end. The open area is in fluid communication with an environment external to the hood structure. The system also includes a catheter in communication with the open area such that introduction of a fluid through the catheter purges the open area of bodily fluid. The interface surface is slanted relative to the catheter longitudinal axis when the hood structure is in the expanded deployed configuration. The system also includes an imaging element positioned on the hood structure such that the open area is visualized through the fluid by the element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: David Miller, Ruey-Feng Peh, Vahid Saadat
  • Patent number: 10335131
    Abstract: A method of inhibiting tissue migration comprises positioning an open area of a hood against or adjacent to a tissue region. The method also comprises displacing an opaque fluid with a transparent fluid from the open area. The method includes engaging a portion of the tissue region within the open area via an end effector advanced through the open area and which grasps onto the portion. The end effector includes a tapered section, tapered along its entire length, through which a lumen extends. The tapered section includes threads extending from a surface of the tapered section in a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal axis. The tissue region is pierced while displacing the opaque fluid with the transparent fluid through the distal opening of the hood and while maintaining engagement of the portion of the tissue region such that distal movement of the tissue is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund A. Tam, Chris A. Rothe
  • Publication number: 20190167917
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for stabilizing an implant used in a medical procedure, for example, an implant used to facilitate repeated needling in kidney dialysis. The apparatus may include an implant holder including at least one implant-engaging surface configured to cause compression of skin adjacent the implant. The apparatus may also include a holding mechanism coupled to the implant holder and configured to engage patient anatomy in order to secure the implant holder in place above the implant. In certain implementations, the implant holder may be coupled to an adhesive patch or may be flexible and configured to at least partially conform to the patient anatomy when a strap assembly is tightened around patient anatomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Advent Access Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ruey Feng PEH, Jo Ern YEOH, Henry SUSAINATHAN, Hongye YE, Iris Siu Kwan TAN
  • Patent number: 10278588
    Abstract: A system comprises a catheter and an electromagnetic sensor assembly supported at a distal end of the catheter. The electromagnetic sensor assembly includes a magnetic strut spirally extended away from the distal end of the catheter around an open area distal of the catheter. The system also comprises an imaging element supported at a distal end of the catheter inside the open area. The imaging element acquires an image of the tissue surface region. The system also comprises a processor that receives a position of the electromagnetic sensor assembly and the tissue surface image. The processor maps the position of the electromagnetic sensor assembly and tissue surface image together. The system also comprises a barrier reconfigurable from a low-profile shape to an expanded deployment shape projecting from a distal end of the catheter. The electromagnetic sensor assembly is spirally configured over the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 10278849
    Abstract: A tissue manipulation system comprises a reconfigurable hood structure with a distal end. The hood structure has a membrane extending across the hood structure distal end. The membrane includes an aperture with an aperture diameter smaller than an outer lip diameter of the hood structure in the expanded deployed configuration. The system also includes a fluid lumen in communication with the open area and an inflatable balloon member translatable through the aperture in the membrane and distal to the open area. The system also comprises an expandable stent positioned upon the balloon member. The stent has an unexpanded configuration sized to pass through the aperture in the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Miller, Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh
  • Publication number: 20190021577
    Abstract: A system comprises a steerable sheath including a passageway therethrough and a steerable segment extendable from the passageway. The steerable segment defines a lumen. The system also includes an imaging element extending from a distal end of the steerable segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Ruey-Feng Peh, Vahid Saadat, Christopher A. Rothe