Patents by Inventor Steven P. Mertens

Steven P. Mertens 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: 20190142511
    Abstract: A pulmonary treatment catheter and handle system including a catheter assembly with insertion tube coupled to a handle assembly. The system is further removably coupleable to a delivery device, such as a flexible bronchoscope or endoscope, having a port for coupling the handle assembly thereto, and a working channel in communication with the port for delivering the catheter assembly through the delivery device and into a body lumen. Optionally, a port channel of the port can be collinear with the working channel of the delivery device. The catheter assembly, handle assembly, and delivery device cooperate together to facilitate delivery and positioning of a catheter electrode in a treatment site, such as an airway, conduit, or vessel for treatment of the tissue, while minimizing damage to portions of the catheter assembly, the delivery device, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Dennis WAHR, Larry WALES, Steven P. MERTENS
  • Publication number: 20160310210
    Abstract: A catheter and handle assembly for use in treating tissue. More specifically, the invention relates to a catheter assembly having an elongate shaft, ablation assembly coupled to one end of the shaft, and a handle coupled to the other end of the shaft. The handle facilitates both axial and circumferential positioning of the ablation assembly via the shaft in an airway, conduit, or vessel for treatment of the tissue. Embodiments include the use of a handle to facilitate the axial and circumferential positioning of the shaft and ablation assembly through and independent of a working channel of a bronchoscope during treatment for pulmonary disease like COPD and asthma.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Inventors: Scott Harshman, Richard C. Gunderson, John Streeter, Martin L. Mayse, Mark R. Bilitz, Matt Heidner, Steven P. Mertens, Larry Wales
  • Publication number: 20160220851
    Abstract: A pulmonary treatment system includes a compact configuration for delivery to an airway of a patient. An energy delivery system of the pulmonary treatment system delivers ultrasound energy to target nerve tissue in or along an airway wall of the airway radially outward from surface tissue to reduce airway resistance in a downstream airway. The pulmonary treatment system may protect tissue in the airway wall of the airway located between the target nerve tissue and the ultrasound energy delivery system by a coolant system that may also act as a coupling fluid for the emitted ultrasound energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Martin L. Mayse, Steven P. Mertens, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Publication number: 20160038725
    Abstract: A medication delivery device for treatment of a pulmonary disorder in a patient includes an elongate member, an expandable member is coupled to a distal end of the elongate member, and an agent delivery portion coupled to an external surface of the expandable member. The agent delivery portion includes an agent that disrupts nerve activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Martin L. Mayse, Steven P. Mertens
  • Patent number: 9119737
    Abstract: A catheter system comprises a catheter having an elongate catheter shaft such that a portion of the catheter shaft proximal a stent retaining region defines at least one bend that is bent around the longitudinal axis of a vessel. The catheter also has a side branch guidewire housing, defining a side branch guidewire lumen, and a side branch guidewire that extends through the side branch guidewire lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Mertens, David Elizondo, Andrzej Malewicz, Matt Heidner, Tracee Eidenschink
  • Publication number: 20140222128
    Abstract: A system/assembly for delivery and deployment of an inflation expandable stent within a vessel, comprising a catheter having proximal and distal ends; a stent, inflation expandable from a delivery diameter to a deployment diameter, such that the delivery diameter is reduced from the deployment diameter for conforming the stent to the catheter, such that the stent, in its delivery diameter, is coaxially mounted on the catheter near the catheter distal end; an expandable inflation means coaxially mounted on the catheter axially within the stent, for expansion of the stent from the delivery diameter to the deployment diameter upon application of fluid deployment pressure to the inflation means; and a securement component coaxially mounted on the catheter, axially within the expandable inflation means, the securement component designed and adapted to provide a securement pressure to the stent in the delivery diameter to maintain the stent in position on the catheter during delivery to the deployment site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: ANDREW J. DUSBABEK, LOUIS G. ELLIS, CHRISTOPHER R. LARSON, TERRY V. BROWN, CHARLES L. EUTENEUER, STEVEN P. MERTENS, RICHARD C. MATTISON, DAVID J. BLAESER, LINDA R. LORENTZEN CORNELIUS, MARTIN R. WILLARD, FERNANDO DICAPRIO, STANLEY A. NORDIN
  • Patent number: 8709062
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example medical device may include an elongate shaft including a first tubular member and a second tubular member. A balloon may be coupled to the shaft. A first member may be coupled to the first tubular member and positioned within the balloon. A second member may be coupled to the first tubular member and positioned within the balloon. A medical implant may be coupled to the shaft and positioned adjacent to the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Dusbabek, Louis G. Ellis, Christopher R. Larson, Terry V. Brown, Charles L. Euteneuer, Steven P. Mertens, Richard C. Mattison, David J. Blaeser, Linda R. Lorentzen Cornelius, Martin R. Willard, Fernando DiCaprio, Stanley A. Nordin
  • Publication number: 20130060317
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example medical device may include an elongate shaft including a first tubular member and a second tubular member. A balloon may be coupled to the shaft. A first member may be coupled to the first tubular member and positioned within the balloon. A second member may be coupled to the first tubular member and positioned within the balloon. A medical implant may be coupled to the shaft and positioned adjacent to the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: ANDREW J. DUSBABEK, LOUIS G. ELLIS, CHRISTOPHER R. LARSON, TERRY V. BROWN, CHARLES L. EUTENEUER, STEVEN P. MERTENS, RICHARD C. MATTISON, DAVID J. BLAESER, LINDA R. LORENTZEN CORNELIUS, MARTIN R. WILLARD, FERNANDO DI CAPRIO, STANLEY A. NORDIN
  • Patent number: 8366661
    Abstract: Medical devices using an expandable body to deliver a therapeutic agent. In one particular embodiment, the medical device comprises a tubular catheter and an inner expandable body (e.g., a scaffolding) contained within the catheter. The inner expandable body is connected to a core wire for advancing or retracting the inner body. The inner body may be advanced to exit out of the catheter or retracted to withdraw the inner body back into the catheter. This particular embodiment further comprises a sheath on the outside of the interior of the catheter. The sheath carries a plurality of capsules that contain a therapeutic agent. The therapeutic agent is delivered by pushing the core wire to advance the inner body, which expands against the sheath, causing the capsules on the sheath to be compressed against body tissue such that the therapeutic agent is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Weber, Steven P. Mertens
  • Publication number: 20120239129
    Abstract: A catheter system comprises a catheter having an elongate catheter shaft such that a portion of the catheter shaft proximal a stent retaining region defines at least one bend that is bent around the longitudinal axis of a vessel. The catheter also has a side branch guidewire housing, defining a side branch guidewire lumen, and a side branch guidewire that extends through the side branch guidewire lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Steven P. Mertens, David Elizondo, Andrzej Malewicz, Matt Heidner, Tracee Eidenschink
  • Patent number: 8192477
    Abstract: A catheter system comprises a catheter having an elongate catheter shaft such that a portion of the catheter shaft proximal a stent retaining region defines at least one bend that is bent around the longitudinal axis of a vessel. The catheter also has a side branch guidewire housing, defining a side branch guidewire lumen, and a side branch guidewire that extends through the side branch guidewire lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Mertens, David Elizondo, Andrzej Malewicz, Matt Heidner, Tracee Eidenschink
  • Patent number: 8152819
    Abstract: An angioplasty and stent delivery system to facilitate introduction and placement of a stent, including a catheter having an expandable distal portion constructed and arranged for expanding the outer diameter of the catheter from a contracted state to an expanded state: a stent positioned around the distal portion of the catheter having a contracted condition and being expandable to an expanded condition, and being sized in the contracted condition to closely surround the catheter in the contracted state, the expandable distal portion of the catheter including a balloon within which or over which there is included on a catheter shaft at least one axially movable or enlargeable body of a diameter larger than the catheter shaft to which the stent and balloon are fitted, as by crimping, for holding the stent in place until it is released therefrom by expansion of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Christopher R. Larson, Steven P. Mertens, Richard C. Mattison, David J. Blaeser, Louis G. Ellis, Andrew J. Dusbabek, Terry V. Brown
  • Publication number: 20110152765
    Abstract: Medical devices using an expandable body to deliver a therapeutic agent. In one particular embodiment, the medical device comprises a tubular catheter and an inner expandable body (e.g., a scaffolding) contained within the catheter. The inner expandable body is connected to a core wire for advancing or retracting the inner body. The inner body may be advanced to exit out of the catheter or retracted to withdraw the inner body back into the catheter. This particular embodiment further comprises a sheath on the outside of the interior of the catheter. The sheath is connected to the inner body and/or the core wire. The sheath carries a plurality of capsules that contain a therapeutic agent. The therapeutic agent is delivered by pushing the core wire to advance the inner body, which expands against the sheath, causing the capsules on the sheath to be compressed against body tissue such that the therapeutic agent is released. Also described herein is a method of treating a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Jan WEBER, Steven P. MERTENS
  • Publication number: 20100274343
    Abstract: An angioplasty and stent delivery system to facilitate introduction and placement of a stent, including a catheter having an expandable distal portion constructed and arranged for expanding the outer diameter of the catheter from a contracted state to an expanded state: a stent positioned around the distal portion of the catheter having a contracted condition and being expandable to an expanded condition, and being sized in the contracted condition to closely surround the catheter in the contracted state, the expandable distal portion of the catheter including a balloon within which or over which there is included on a catheter shaft at least one axially movable or enlargeable body of a diameter larger than the catheter shaft to which the stent and balloon are fitted, as by crimping, for holding the stent in place until it is released therefrom by expansion of the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Christopher R. Larson, Steven P. Mertens, Richard C. Mattison, David J. Blaeser, Louis G. Ellis, Andrew J. Dusbabek, Terry V. Brown
  • Publication number: 20100274344
    Abstract: A system/assembly for delivery and deployment of an inflation expandable stent within a vessel, comprising a catheter having proximal and distal ends; a stent, inflation expandable from a delivery diameter to a deployment diameter, such that the delivery diameter is reduced from the deployment diameter for conforming the stent to the catheter, such that the stent, in its delivery diameter, is coaxially mounted on the catheter near the catheter distal end; an expandable inflation means coaxially mounted on the catheter axially within the stent, for expansion of the stent from the delivery diameter to the deployment diameter upon application of fluid deployment pressure to the inflation means; and a securement component coaxially mounted on the catheter, axially within the expandable inflation means, the securement component designed and adapted to provide a securement pressure to the stent in the delivery diameter to maintain the stent in position on the catheter during delivery to the deployment site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Dusbabek, Louis G. Ellis, Christopher R. Larson, Terry V. Brown, Charles L. Euteneuer, Steven P. Mertens, Richard C. Mattison, David J. Blaeser, Linda R. Lorentzen Cornelius, Martin R. Willard, Fernando Di Caprio, Stanley A. Nordin
  • Patent number: 7749234
    Abstract: An angioplasty and stent delivery system to facilitate introduction and placement of a stent, including a catheter having an expandable distal portion constructed and arranged for expanding the outer diameter of the catheter from a contracted state to an expanded state: a stent positioned around the distal portion of the catheter having a contracted condition and being expandable to an expanded condition, and being sized in the contracted condition to closely surround the catheter in the contracted state, the expandable distal portion of the catheter including a balloon within which or over which there is included on a catheter shaft at least one axially movable or enlargeable body of a diameter larger than the catheter shaft to which the stent and balloon are fitted, as by crimping, for holding the stent in place until it is released therefrom by expansion of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Christopher R. Larson, Steven P. Mertens, Richard C. Mattison, David J. Blaeser, Louis G. Ellis, Andrew J. Dusbabek, Terry V. Brown
  • Publication number: 20100145436
    Abstract: Endoprostheses such as stents are disclosed that are, or that include portions that are, bioerodible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Weber, Liliana Atanasoska, Steven R. Larsen, Steven P. Mertens
  • Patent number: 7670364
    Abstract: A system/assembly for delivery and deployment of an inflation expandable stent within a vessel, comprising a catheter having proximal and distal ends; a stent, inflation expandable from a delivery diameter to a deployment diameter, such that the delivery diameter is reduced from the deployment diameter for conforming the stent to the catheter, such that the stent, in its delivery diameter, is coaxially mounted on the catheter near the catheter distal end; an expandable inflation means coaxially mounted on the catheter axially within the stent, for expansion of the stent from the delivery diameter to the deployment diameter upon application of fluid deployment pressure to the inflation means; and a securement component coaxially mounted on the catheter, axially within the expandable inflation means, the securement component designed and adapted to provide a securement pressure to the stent in the delivery diameter to maintain the stent in position on the catheter during delivery to the deployment site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Dusbabek, Louis G. Ellis, Christopher R. Larson, Terry V. Brown, Charles L. Euteneuer, Steven P. Mertens, Richard C. Mattison, David J. Blaeser, Linda R. Lorentzen Cornelius, Martin R. Willard, Fernando Di Caprio, Stanley A. Nordin
  • Publication number: 20080071358
    Abstract: Endoprostheses such as stents are disclosed that are, or that include portions that are, bioerodible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Jan Weber, Liliana Atanasoska, Steven R. Larsen, Steven P. Mertens
  • Patent number: 7332689
    Abstract: An apparatus for tacking a multi-lumen tubular assembly together comprises a laser, an optical member and a placement tray for retaining the tubular assembly. A portion of the optical member defines a window that is substantially transparent to laser energy emitted from the laser. The window has a substantially concave shaped surface. The placement tray and the window surface define a processing area for positioning at least a portion of the tubular assembly. The processing area receives the laser energy that is emitted from the laser and passed through the window of the optical member. The tubular assembly is defined by an outer tubular member disposed about at least a portion of at least one inner tubular member. The laser energy transmitted into the processing area is transmitted substantially through the outer tubular member and is substantially absorbed by at least one region of the least one inner tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Mertens, Afsar Ali, Thomas J. Holman, Leo M. Klisch