Patents by Inventor Thomas Dressel

Thomas Dressel 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: 20090287196
    Abstract: A laser energy soft tissue aspiration device comprises a cannula defining an aspiration lumen and having one or more aspiration inlet ports at a distal end. A laser energy transmission guide delivers laser energy from the proximal end of the cannula to the distal end which can be inserted to a tissue removal site within a patient. Reciprocating longitudinal motion of the cannula along with suction provided within the lumen can cause soft tissue to be suctioned into the lumen for removal. Laser energy contained within the lumen and directed by an optical delivery system can ablate soft tissue pulled within the lumen. The optical delivery system can further protect the terminal point of the laser energy transmission guide, from which, the laser energy can be delivered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, Thomas Dressel, Stephen M. Tobin, Paul Sowyrda, Steven Woolfson
  • Publication number: 20090275932
    Abstract: A laser energy soft tissue aspiration device comprises a cannula defining an aspiration lumen and having one or more aspiration inlet ports at a distal end. A laser energy transmission guide delivers laser energy from the proximal end of the cannula to the distal end which can be inserted to a tissue removal site within a patient. Reciprocating longitudinal motion of the cannula along with suction provided within the lumen can cause soft tissue to be suctioned into the lumen for removal. Laser energy contained within the lumen and directed by an optical delivery system can ablate soft tissue pulled within the lumen. The optical delivery system can further protect the terminal point of the laser energy transmission guide, from which, the laser energy can be delivered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, Thomas Dressel, Stephen M. Tobin, Paul Sowyrda, Steven Woolfson
  • Publication number: 20090275933
    Abstract: A laser energy soft tissue aspiration device comprises a cannula defining an aspiration lumen and having one or more aspiration inlet ports at a distal end. A laser energy transmission guide delivers laser energy from the proximal end of the cannula to the distal end which can be inserted to a tissue removal site within a patient. Reciprocating longitudinal motion of the cannula along with suction provided within the lumen can cause soft tissue to be suctioned into the lumen for removal. Laser energy contained within the lumen and directed by an optical delivery system can ablate soft tissue pulled within the lumen. The optical delivery system can further protect the terminal point of the laser energy transmission guide by isolating it, or removing it from the flow of aspirated tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, Thomas Dressel, Stephen M. Tobin, Paul Sowyrda, Steven Woolfson
  • Publication number: 20080208105
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device and method for improving the surgical procedure of soft tissue removal by aspiration and more particularly to a device and method utilizing laser energy directed substantially across the inlet port to more readily and safely facilitate the separating of soft tissue from a patient in vivo. This invention has immediate and direct application to the surgical procedure of liposuction or body contouring as well as application in the surgical procedures of other soft tissue removal such as brain tissue, eye tissue, and other soft tissue inaccessible to other soft tissue aspiration techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, Thomas Dressel
  • Patent number: 7296349
    Abstract: When constructing a steam generator, buckstay modules are joined with tube wall units to form buckstay and tube wall modules while the boiler steel structure is being erected, and they are temporarily placed within the boiler steel structure level by level. Then an external part of the boiler top main grid is constructed whose beams are flush with the tube walls of the buckstay and tube wall modules. Then the boiler wall is mounted by aligning and welding the individual tube wall modules from top to bottom. Simultaneously, the internal components are constructed on the boiler base and hoisted to installation height. Preassembling buckstay and tube wall modules eliminate the need for inserting buckstays or tube walls from above through the boiler top main grid. For this reason, the roof opening can be smaller than usual. The inner boiler top main grid therefore does not require its own main beams, which saves a substantial amount of steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignees: ALSTOM Power Boiler GmbH, ALSTOM Power Boiler Service GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Gartner, Thomas Dressel
  • Publication number: 20050072000
    Abstract: When constructing a steam generator, buckstay modules are joined with tube wall units to form buckstay and tube wall modules while the boiler steel structure is being erected, and they are temporarily placed within the boiler steel structure level by level. Then an external part of the boiler top main grid is constructed whose beams are flush with the tube walls of the buckstay and tube wall modules. Then the boiler wall is mounted by aligning and welding the individual tube wall modules from top to bottom. Simultaneously, the internal components are constructed on the boiler base and hoisted to installation height. Preassembling buckstay and tube wall modules eliminate the need for inserting buckstays or tube walls from above through the boiler top main grid. For this reason, the roof opening can be smaller than usual. The inner boiler top main grid therefore does not require its own main beams, which saves a substantial amount of steel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Publication date: April 7, 2005
    Inventors: Rolf Gartner, Thomas Dressel