Patents by Inventor Stephen Bartol

Stephen Bartol 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: 20180089460
    Abstract: A mobile device stores medical credentials for one or more occupants of a vehicle. Responsive to receipt of an indication of an emergency event at the vehicle, the mobile device sends the credentials, an authentication code, and vehicle information to a cloud server to cause the cloud server to construct web content including the vehicle information and medical information accessible using the credentials. The mobile device also sends a link to the cloud server including the authentication code to an emergency dispatch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Austin S. KIRK, Hussein F. NASRALLAH, David Anthony HATTON, Fuyi WANG, Nicholas FRISCH, Robert A. KELLER, Stephen BARTOL
  • Publication number: 20160121104
    Abstract: A surgical device for use in performing a surgical procedure on a patient. The surgical device comprises an elongate stem having a proximal end, a distal end spaced from the proximal end, a passageway therein extending at least partially between the proximal and distal ends, and an opening extending the length of the passageway to provide visual access into the passageway. The device further comprises a handle disposed at the proximal end portion of the stem, and one or more stimulation channels each terminating at one or more stimulation surfaces of the stem, wherein each of the stimulation surfaces is configured to emit electrical current therefrom to stimulate one or more anatomical structure(s) in proximity thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen Bartol
  • Patent number: 9301711
    Abstract: A method of identifying a change in the health of a nerve during a surgical procedure includes determining a sensitivity of the nerve at a first time, determining a sensitivity of the nerve at a second time, and providing an indication to a user corresponding to a change in the sensitivity of the nerve from the first time to the second time. In each instance, the sensitivity of the nerve is determined by providing an electrical stimulus via an electrode disposed on a distal end portion of an elongate medical instrument, and monitoring a magnitude of a mechanical response of a muscle innervated by the nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Patent number: 9084550
    Abstract: A neural monitoring device includes a stimulator configured to provide a stimulus, a mechanical sensor configured to generate an output signal corresponding to a sensed event, and a receiver configured to receive an output signal from the mechanical sensor and determine if the output signal corresponds to the stimulus provided by the stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Patent number: 9039630
    Abstract: A method of detecting the presence of a sacral nerve in a human subject includes providing an electrical stimulus within an intracorporeal treatment area of the human subject; detecting a physical response of at least one of an external sphincter of the bladder and an external sphincter of the anus; and providing an indication to a user if the detected physical response corresponds to the provided electrical stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Patent number: 8979767
    Abstract: A neural monitoring system for determining a proximity between a stimulator and a nerve within an intracorporeal treatment area of a human subject includes a stimulator, a mechanical sensor, and a receiver. The stimulator is configured to extend within the intracorporeal treatment area and to provide an electrical stimulus therein. The mechanical sensor is configured to be placed in mechanical communication with the muscle and to generate a mechanomyography output signal corresponding to a sensed mechanical movement of the muscle. The receiver is configured to: receive the mechanomyography output signal from the mechanical sensor; receive an indication of a magnitude of the provided intracorporeal stimulus; determine a magnitude of acceleration of the muscle from the received mechanomyography output signal; and determine a proximity between the stimulator and the nerve from the magnitude of the provided intracorporeal stimulus and the magnitude of acceleration of the muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Patent number: 8983593
    Abstract: A method of determining a change in nerve function attributable to a surgical procedure includes assessing the nerve function via a first, induced mechanomyographic muscle response prior to the surgical procedure, and reassessing the nerve function via a second, induced mechanomyographic muscle response after the surgical procedure. Each mechanomyographic muscle response may be induced through an electrical stimulus provided directly to the nerve of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Patent number: 8942797
    Abstract: A system for detecting the presence of a nerve within a subject includes a stimulator configured to provide a stimulus to a portion of the subject, a sensing device configured to be placed in communication with a muscle of the subject and to generate an output signal corresponding to a monitored parameter of the muscle, the sensing device including a mechanical sensor configured to monitor a mechanical parameter of the muscle, and a receiver configured to receive the output signal from the sensing device and to determine if the output signal corresponds to the stimulus provided by the stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Patent number: 8892259
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system for performing a surgical procedure within the body of a subject includes an elongate surgical instrument, a robotic controller configured to control the motion of the distal end portion of the surgical instrument, and a mechanomyography feedback system in communication with the robotic controller. The mechanomyography feedback system includes an elongate sphincter contraction sensor configured to monitor a physical response of a sphincter of the subject and to provide a mechanomyography signal corresponding to the monitored response. Additionally, the feedback system includes a processor configured to receive the mechanomyography signal, to determine if the received signal is indicative of an induced sphincter response, and to provide a control signal to the robotic controller if an induced sphincter response is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC.
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Patent number: 8882679
    Abstract: A neural monitoring system for detecting an induced response of a muscle to a stimulus provided within an intracorporeal treatment area of a human subject includes a mechanical sensor configured to be placed in mechanical communication with the muscle and to generate a mechanomyography output signal corresponding to a sensed mechanical movement of the muscle, and a receiver in communication with the mechanical sensor. The receiver is configured to: receive the mechanomyography output signal from the mechanical sensor; compute a time derivative of the sensed muscle movement from the mechanomyography output signal; compare the computed time derivative to a threshold; and indicate that the sensed mechanical movement of the muscle was induced by the provided intracorporeal stimulus if the computed time derivative exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Patent number: 8855822
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system for performing a surgical procedure within the body of a subject includes an elongate surgical instrument, a robotic controller configured to control the motion of the distal end portion of the surgical instrument, and a mechanomyography feedback system in communication with the robotic controller. The mechanomyography feedback system includes a mechanical sensor configured to monitor a physical motion of a muscle and to provide a mechanomyography signal corresponding to the monitored physical motion. Additionally, the feedback system includes a processor configured to receive the mechanomyography signal, to determine if the received signal is indicative of an induced muscle response, and to provide a control signal to the robotic controller if an induced muscle response is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Publication number: 20140088612
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system for performing a surgical procedure within the body of a subject includes an elongate surgical instrument, a robotic controller configured to control the motion of the distal end portion of the surgical instrument, and a mechanomyography feedback system in communication with the robotic controller. The mechanomyography feedback system includes an elongate sphincter contraction sensor configured to monitor a physical response of a sphincter of the subject and to provide a mechanomyography signal corresponding to the monitored response. Additionally, the feedback system includes a processor configured to receive the mechanomyography signal, to determine if the received signal is indicative of an induced sphincter response, and to provide a control signal to the robotic controller if an induced sphincter response is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: INNOVATIVE SURGICAL SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Publication number: 20140073986
    Abstract: A method of identifying a change in the health of a nerve during a surgical procedure includes determining a sensitivity of the nerve at a first time, determining a sensitivity of the nerve at a second time, and providing an indication to a user corresponding to a change in the sensitivity of the nerve from the first time to the second time. In each instance, the sensitivity of the nerve is determined by providing an electrical stimulus via an electrode disposed on a distal end portion of an elongate medical instrument, and monitoring a magnitude of a mechanical response of a muscle innervated by the nerve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: INNOVATIVE SURGICAL SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Publication number: 20140058283
    Abstract: A method of detecting the presence of a sacral nerve in a human subject includes providing an electrical stimulus within an intracorporeal treatment area of the human subject; detecting a physical response of at least one of an external sphincter of the bladder and an external sphincter of the anus; and providing an indication to a user if the detected physical response corresponds to the provided electrical stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Publication number: 20140058288
    Abstract: An elongate sphincter contraction sensor includes an elongate device body configured to be inserted within a sphincter of the subject; and a force sensor in mechanical communication with the elongate device body and configured to provide a mechanomyography output signal in response to a contact force applied against the elongate device body by the sphincter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Publication number: 20140058284
    Abstract: A neural monitoring system includes a stimulator configured to provide an electrical stimulus within an intracorporeal treatment area of a subject, an elongate sphincter contraction sensor, and a receiver in communication with the sphincter contraction sensor. The elongate sphincter contraction sensor includes an elongate device body configured to be inserted within a sphincter of the subject and a force sensor in mechanical communication with the elongate device body. The force sensor is configured to provide a mechanomyography output signal in response to a contact force applied against the elongate device body by the sphincter. The receiver is configured to receive the mechanomyography output signal from the elongate sphincter contraction sensor and provide an indicator to a user based on at least a portion of the output of the sphincter contraction sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Publication number: 20130253364
    Abstract: A neural monitoring system for detecting an induced response of a muscle to a stimulus provided within an intracorporeal treatment area of a human subject includes a mechanical sensor configured to be placed in mechanical communication with the muscle and to generate a mechanomyography output signal corresponding to a sensed mechanical movement of the muscle, and a receiver in communication with the mechanical sensor. The receiver is configured to: receive the mechanomyography output signal from the mechanical sensor; compute a time derivative of the sensed muscle movement from the mechanomyography output signal; compare the computed time derivative to a threshold; and indicate that the sensed mechanical movement of the muscle was induced by the provided intracorporeal stimulus if the computed time derivative exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: INNOVATIVE SURGICAL SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Publication number: 20130253533
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system for performing a surgical procedure within the body of a subject includes an elongate surgical instrument, a robotic controller configured to control the motion of the distal end portion of the surgical instrument, and a mechanomyography feedback system in communication with the robotic controller. The mechanomyography feedback system includes a mechanical sensor configured to monitor a physical motion of a muscle and to provide a mechanomyography signal corresponding to the monitored physical motion. Additionally, the feedback system includes a processor configured to receive the mechanomyography signal, to determine if the received signal is indicative of an induced muscle response, and to provide a control signal to the robotic controller if an induced muscle response is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: INNOVATIVE SURGICAL SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Patent number: 8517954
    Abstract: A neural monitoring system for detecting an induced response of a muscle to a stimulus provided within an intracorporeal treatment area of a human subject includes a mechanical sensor configured to be placed in mechanical communication with the muscle and to generate a mechanomyography output signal corresponding to a sensed mechanical movement of the muscle, and a receiver in communication with the mechanical sensor. The receiver is configured to: receive the mechanomyography output signal from the mechanical sensor; compute a time derivative of an acceleration of the muscle from the mechanomyography output signal; compare the computed time derivative of acceleration to a jerk threshold; and indicate that the sensed mechanical movement of the muscle was induced by the provided intracorporeal stimulus if the computed time derivative of acceleration exceeds the jerk threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo
  • Publication number: 20130123659
    Abstract: A method of determining a change in nerve function attributable to a surgical procedure includes assessing the nerve function via a first, induced mechanomyographic muscle response prior to the surgical procedure, and reassessing the nerve function via a second, induced mechanomyographic muscle response after the surgical procedure. Each mechanomyographic muscle response may be induced through an electrical stimulus provided directly to the nerve of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Innovative Surgical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bartol, Christopher Wybo