Patents by Inventor Sivette Lam

Sivette Lam 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: 10335319
    Abstract: A method for cleaning an isthmus of a Eustachian tube (ET) of a patient includes using an instrument. The instrument includes a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a shaft extending therebetween, and a treatment feature disposed at the distal portion. The method includes directing the instrument into an oro-nasal cavity of the patient and advancing at least the distal portion of the instrument into an opening of the ET. The method further includes further advancing the instrument within the ET so that the treatment feature is disposed past, or is coincident with, the isthmus. The method further includes moving the treatment feature relative to the isthmus to clean the isthmus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence D. Wasicek, Sivette Lam, Ketan P. Muni
  • Publication number: 20190175413
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a shaft, an expandable dilator, and at least one ventilation pathway. The shaft defines a longitudinal axis and comprises a distal and proximal ends with at least one shaft lumen. The expandable dilator comprises body with its own proximal and distal ends. The body is configured to transition between a contracted state and an expanded state. The body is configured to dilate a Eustachian tube of a patient in the expanded state. The at least one ventilation pathway is configured to provide ventilation from the distal end of the body to the proximal end of the body when the body is in the expanded state. In some examples, the ventilation pathway comprises a set of transversely oriented vent openings formed through the shaft. In some other examples, the ventilation pathway comprises a space defined between one or more radially outwardly protruding features of the expandable dilator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Peter F. Campbell, Daniel T. Harfe, Hung V. Ha, Ketan P. Muni, Andy Nguyen, Sivette Lam, John Y. Chang, Eric Goldfarb
  • Publication number: 20190117245
    Abstract: A dilation catheter device and system for dilating an opening in a paranasal sinus and/or other passageways within the ear, nose or throat is disclosed. A dilation catheter device and system is constructed in a manner that facilitates ease of use by the operator and, in at least some cases, allows the dilation procedure to be performed by a single operator. Additionally, the dilation catheter device and system may be useable in conjunction with an endoscope and/or a fluoroscope to provide for easy manipulation and positioning of the devices and real time visualization of the entire procedure or selected portions thereof. In some embodiments, shaft markers are disposed on a shaft of the dilation catheter and have a light color to contrast with a dark color of the dilation catheter shaft. The high contrast between the markers and catheter shaft allows for easy viewing of the markers in low light and operation conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau, Sivette Lam, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Ketan P. Muni
  • Patent number: 10206821
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a shaft, an expandable dilator, and at least one ventilation pathway. The shaft defines a longitudinal axis and comprises a distal and proximal ends with at least one shaft lumen. The expandable dilator comprises body with its own proximal and distal ends. The body is configured to transition between a contracted state and an expanded state. The body is configured to dilate a Eustachian tube of a patient in the expanded state. The at least one ventilation pathway is configured to provide ventilation from the distal end of the body to the proximal end of the body when the body is in the expanded state. In some examples, the ventilation pathway comprises a set of transversely oriented vent openings formed through the shaft. In some other examples, the ventilation pathway comprises a space defined between one or more radially outwardly protruding features of the expandable dilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Campbell, Daniel T. Harfe, Hung V. Ha, Ketan P. Muni, Andy Nguyen, Sivette Lam, John Y. Chang, Eric Goldfarb
  • Publication number: 20190038470
    Abstract: A dilation catheter includes a shaft and an expandable element. The shaft includes a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion includes a tip and a bend. The tip is sized and configured to pass through an isthmus of a Eustachian tube (ET). The bend is proximal to the tip. The bend is formed at an angle configured to provide insertion of the tip into the isthmus of the ET via an ear canal associated with the ET. The expandable element is disposed at the distal portion of the shaft. The expandable element is configured to transition between a non-expanded state and an expanded state. The expandable element in the non-expanded state is configured for insertion into the ET via the isthmus. The expandable element in the expanded state is configured to dilate the ET.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Randy S. Chan, Ketan P. Muni, Hung V. Ha, Andy Nguyen, Holger Sudhoff, Sivette Lam, Marc Dean, Dennis S. Poe
  • Patent number: 10179227
    Abstract: A dilation device comprises an elongate shaft, an inflatable balloon, and a resilient tube. The inflatable balloon is disposed along the shaft. The resilient tube is also disposed along the shaft and is positioned to encompass at least part of the inflatable balloon. The resilient tube is configured to impose an inwardly directed resilient bias on at least a portion of the exterior of the inflatable balloon. At least part of the resilient tube is secured to one or both of the elongate shaft or the inflatable balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Sivette Lam, Ketan P. Muni
  • Patent number: 10098652
    Abstract: A dilation catheter device and system for dilating an opening in a paranasal sinus and/or other passageways within the ear, nose or throat is disclosed. A dilation catheter device and system is constructed in a manner that facilitates ease of use by the operator and, in at least some cases, allows the dilation procedure to be performed by a single operator. Additionally, the dilation catheter device and system may be useable in conjunction with an endoscope and/or a fluoroscope to provide for easy manipulation and positioning of the devices and real time visualization of the entire procedure or selected portions thereof. In some embodiments, shaft markers are disposed on a shaft of the dilation catheter and have a light color to contrast with a dark color of the dilation catheter shaft. The high contrast between the markers and catheter shaft allows for easy viewing of the markers in low light and operation conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau, Sivette Lam, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Ketan P. Muni
  • Patent number: 10070993
    Abstract: A dilation catheter includes a shaft and an expandable element. The shaft includes a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion includes a tip and a bend. The tip is sized and configured to pass through an isthmus of a Eustachian tube (ET). The bend is proximal to the tip. The bend is formed at an angle configured to provide insertion of the tip into the isthmus of the ET via an ear canal associated with the ET. The expandable element is disposed at the distal portion of the shaft. The expandable element is configured to transition between a non-expanded state and an expanded state. The expandable element in the non-expanded state is configured for insertion into the ET via the isthmus. The expandable element in the expanded state is configured to dilate the ET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy S. Chan, Ketan P. Muni, Hung V. Ha, Andy Nguyen, Holger Sudhoff, Sivette Lam, Marc Dean, Dennis S. Poe
  • Publication number: 20170197067
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods useable for dilating the ostia of paranasal sinuses and/or other passageways within the ear, nose or throat. A dilation catheter device and system is constructed in a manner that facilitates ease of use by the operator and, in at least some cases, allows the dilation procedure to be performed by a single operator. Additionally, the dilation catheter device and system may be useable in conjunction with an endoscope and/or a fluoroscope to provide for easy manipulation and positioning of the devices and real time visualization of the entire procedure or selected portions thereof. In some embodiments, an optional handle may be used to facilitate grasping or supporting a device of the present invention as well as another device (e.g., an endoscope) with a single hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau, Sivette Lam, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Ketan P. Muni
  • Publication number: 20170119583
    Abstract: A dilation catheter includes a shaft and an expandable element. The shaft includes a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion includes a tip and a bend. The tip is sized and configured to pass through an isthmus of a Eustachian tube (ET). The bend is proximal to the tip. The bend is formed at an angle configured to provide insertion of the tip into the isthmus of the ET via an ear canal associated with the ET. The expandable element is disposed at the distal portion of the shaft. The expandable element is configured to transition between a non-expanded state and an expanded state. The expandable element in the non-expanded state is configured for insertion into the ET via the isthmus. The expandable element in the expanded state is configured to dilate the ET.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Randy S. Chan, Ketan P. Muni, Hung V. Ha, Andy Nguyen, Holger Sudhoff, Sivette Lam, Marc Dean, Dennis S. Poe
  • Publication number: 20170086868
    Abstract: A dilation system includes a balloon catheter and a puncturing assembly. The balloon catheter includes a shaft, a dilator coupled to a distal end of the shaft, and a lumen extending through the shaft and the dilator. The dilator is expandable from a collapsed state to an expanded state. The puncturing assembly includes at least one cutting member. The puncturing assembly is positionable within the lumen of the balloon catheter or along an exterior of the shaft when the puncturing assembly is in a first position. The puncturing assembly transitions to a second position to puncture the lumen of the balloon catheter and/or to puncture the dilator, to thereby drain fluid from the dilator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Sivette Lam, Lawrence D. Wasicek, Ketan P. Muni, Show-Mean Wu, Andy Nguyen, Nicolas E. Sherman, Randy S. Chan
  • Publication number: 20170007281
    Abstract: A dilation catheter device and system for dilating an opening in a paranasal sinus and/or other passageways within the ear, nose or throat is disclosed. A dilation catheter device and system is constructed in a manner that facilitates ease of use by the operator and, in at least some cases, allows the dilation procedure to be performed by a single operator. Additionally, the dilation catheter device and system may be useable in conjunction with an endoscope and/or a fluoroscope to provide for easy manipulation and positioning of the devices and real time visualization of the entire procedure or selected portions thereof. In some embodiments, shaft markers are disposed on a shaft of the dilation catheter and have a light color to contrast with a dark color of the dilation catheter shaft. The high contrast between the markers and catheter shaft allows for easy viewing of the markers in low light and operation conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau, Sivette Lam, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Ketan P. Muni
  • Publication number: 20160287445
    Abstract: A method for cleaning an isthmus of a Eustachian tube (ET) of a patient includes using an instrument. The instrument includes a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a shaft extending therebetween, and a treatment feature disposed at the distal portion. The method includes directing the instrument into an oro-nasal cavity of the patient and advancing at least the distal portion of the instrument into an opening of the ET. The method further includes further advancing the instrument within the ET so that the treatment feature is disposed past, or is coincident with, the isthmus. The method further includes moving the treatment feature relative to the isthmus to clean the isthmus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Lawrence D. Wasicek, Sivette Lam, Ketan P. Muni
  • Patent number: 9399121
    Abstract: A dilation catheter device and system for dilating an opening in a paranasal sinus and/or other passageways within the ear, nose or throat is disclosed. A dilation catheter device and system is constructed in a manner that facilitates ease of use by the operator and, in at least some cases, allows the dilation procedure to be performed by a single operator. Additionally, the dilation catheter device and system may be useable in conjunction with an endoscope and/or a fluoroscope to provide for easy manipulation and positioning of the devices and real time visualization of the entire procedure or selected portions thereof. In some embodiments, shaft markers are disposed on a shaft of the dilation catheter and have a light color to contrast with a dark color of the dilation catheter shaft. The high contrast between the markers and catheter shaft allows for easy viewing of the markers in low light and operation conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau, Sivette Lam, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Ketan P. Muni
  • Publication number: 20160058985
    Abstract: An inflator system comprises a dilation catheter and a fluid pressure regulator assembly. The dilation catheter comprises a shaft defining a lumen and being sized to fit within an anatomical passageway. The dilation catheter further comprises a dilator configured to receive fluid through the lumen and thereby expand in response to fluid communicated through the lumen. The fluid pressure regulator assembly comprises a pump in fluid communication with the dilation catheter. The fluid pressure regulator assembly further comprises a control module configured to store one or more fluid pressure profiles and is operable to receive a selection of a particular fluid pressure profile from the one or more of fluid pressure profiles. The control module is operable to selectively drive the pump in accordance with a selected fluid pressure profile. The fluid pressure regulator assembly further comprises a user input feature operable to selectively activate the control module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Sivette Lam, Arthur M. Lin, Scott O. Chamness
  • Publication number: 20150328420
    Abstract: A medical device and a system and for dilating a stenotic airway of a patient are described. The medical device comprises a proximal end, a distal end, and a shaft system having an inflation lumen and a ventilation lumen the proximal end. The shaft system has a proximal shaft section and a distal shaft section. An inflatable balloon is attached to the distal shaft section in a position that is proximal to the distal end. The ventilating tip is distal to the balloon on the distal shaft section and has one or more radially facing openings. A method for treating a stenotic airway includes inserting the medical device into a patient's airway, and dilating and ventilating the airway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Ketan P. Muni, Randy S. Chan, Sivette Lam, Shrirang V. Ranade
  • Patent number: 9095364
    Abstract: A medical device and a system and for dilating a stenotic airway of a patient are described. The medical device comprises a proximal end, a distal end, and a shaft system having an inflation lumen and a ventilation lumen the proximal end. The shaft system has a proximal shaft section and a distal shaft section. An inflatable balloon is attached to the distal shaft section in a position that is proximal to the distal end. The ventilating tip is distal to the balloon on the distal shaft section and has one or more radially facing openings. A method for treating a stenotic airway includes inserting the medical device into a patient's airway, and dilating and ventilating the airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Ketan P. Muni, Randy S. Chan, Sivette Lam, Shrirang V. Ranade
  • Publication number: 20150202089
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a shaft, an expandable dilator, and at least one ventilation pathway. The shaft defines a longitudinal axis and comprises a distal and proximal ends with at least one shaft lumen. The expandable dilator comprises body with its own proximal and distal ends. The body is configured to transition between a contracted state and an expanded state. The body is configured to dilate a Eustachian tube of a patient in the expanded state. The at least one ventilation pathway is configured to provide ventilation from the distal end of the body to the proximal end of the body when the body is in the expanded state. In some examples, the ventilation pathway comprises a set of transversely oriented vent openings formed through the shaft. In some other examples, the ventilation pathway comprises a space defined between one or more radially outwardly protruding features of the expandable dilator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventors: Peter F. Campbell, Daniel T. Harfe, Hung V. Ha, Ketan P. Muni, Andrew Nguyen, Sivette Lam, John Y. Chang, Eric Goldfarb
  • Publication number: 20140336693
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods useable for dilating the ostia of paranasal sinuses and/or other passageways within the ear, nose or throat. A dilation catheter device and system is constructed in a manner that facilitates ease of use by the operator and, in at least some cases, allows the dilation procedure to be performed by a single operator. Additionally, the dilation catheter device and system may be useable in conjunction with an endoscope and/or a fluoroscope to provide for easy manipulation and positioning of the devices and real time visualization of the entire procedure or selected portions thereof. In some embodiments, an optional handle may be used to facilitate grasping or supporting a device of the present invention as well as another device (e.g., an endoscope) with a single hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau, Sivette Lam, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Ketan P. Muni
  • Publication number: 20140277061
    Abstract: A dilation device comprises an elongate shaft, an inflatable balloon, and a resilient tube. The inflatable balloon is disposed along the shaft. The resilient tube is also disposed along the shaft and is positioned to encompass at least part of the inflatable balloon. The resilient tube is configured to impose an inwardly directed resilient bias on at least a portion of the exterior of the inflatable balloon. At least part of the resilient tube is secured to one or both of the elongate shaft or the inflatable balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Sivette Lam, Ketan P. Muni