Patents by Inventor Todd K. Whitehurst

Todd K. Whitehurst 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: 20090281605
    Abstract: Systems for adjusting a position of an implanted medical device within a patient include an engagement tool configured to couple to the implanted medical device. The engagement tool adjusts the position of the medical device when coupled to the implanted medical device. Methods of adjusting a position of an implanted medical device within a patient include locating the implanted medical device, coupling an engagement tool to the medical device, and adjusting a position of the engagement tool to adjust the position of the medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Goran N. Marnfeldt, Rafael Carbunaru, Kelly H. McClure, Matthew I. Haller, Tom Xiaohai He, Todd K. Whitehurst, Meredith L. Anderson, James C. Makous, Kristen N. Jaax, Peter K. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20090270944
    Abstract: Methods of treating a psychotic disorder include applying at least one stimulus to a stimulation site within a patient with an implanted stimulator in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters configured to treat the psychotic disorder. Systems for treating a psychotic disorder include a stimulator configured to apply at least one stimulus to a stimulation site within a patient in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters configured to treat the psychotic disorder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Kristen N. Jaax
  • Patent number: 7610100
    Abstract: Methods of treating osteoarthritis include applying at least one stimulus to a stimulation site within a patient with an implanted system control unit in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters. Systems for treating osteoarthritis include a system control unit configured to apply at least one stimulus to a stimulation site within a patient in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kristen N. Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Todd K. Whitehurst
  • Patent number: 7596414
    Abstract: One embodiment is a stimulator arrangement for a nerve. The stimulator arrangement includes a cuff for placement around the nerve and a plurality of electrodes disposed on the cuff. The cuff comprises a first edge and defines a plurality of indentations along the first edge of the cuff. The stimulator arrangement may also include a stimulator unit coupled to the electrodes of the cuff. The stimulator unit may also be implantable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Kirsten N. Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Publication number: 20090192568
    Abstract: Methods for treating seizures caused by brain stimulation include providing a stimulator, programming the stimulator with one or more stimulation parameters configured to treat a medical condition, applying at least one stimulus with the stimulator to a stimulation site within the brain of a patient in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters, and monitoring the patient for a seizure caused by the at least one stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen N. Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20090192557
    Abstract: Methods and systems of treating a patient with pancreatitis pain include providing a stimulator, configuring one or more stimulation parameters to control sphincter of Oddi function, programming the stimulator with the one or more stimulation parameters, generating a stimulus configured to control sphincter of Oddi function with the stimulator in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters, and applying the stimulus with the stimulator to one or more stimulation sites in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen N. Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin, Roger Hastings
  • Publication number: 20090192558
    Abstract: Methods and systems of treating a patient with pancreatitis pain include providing a stimulator, configuring one or more stimulation parameters to treat pancreatitis pain, programming the stimulator with the one or more stimulation parameters, generating a stimulus configured to treat pancreatitis pain with the stimulator in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters, and applying the stimulus with the stimulator to one or more stimulation sites in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Kristen N. Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Greg Baldwin, Brett Schleicher, Andrew DiGiore, Roger Hastings
  • Publication number: 20090192555
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for improving the fixation of implantable pulse generators. In one aspect, a device includes an implantable pulse generator that comprises electrical circuitry configured to generate an electrical pulse and a biocompatible casing that houses the electrical circuitry and on which a collection of electrodes and a collection of fixation elements are mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20090192565
    Abstract: A neurostimulation kit and a method of treating a patient are provided. The kit comprises a stimulation backing that includes a flat, electrically insulative, body having a pair of opposing first and second planar surfaces, and an electrode affixed to the first surface of the insulative body. The stimulation backing is implanted within a patient and affixed therein to place the electrode into contact with a tissue surface. The kit comprises a neurostimulator including a housing and stimulation circuitry contained within the housing. The neurostimulator is implanted within the patient by affixing the housing to the second surface of the insulative body, such that the stimulation circuitry is electrically coupled to the electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip H.J. Lee, Todd K. Whitehurst, Carla M. Woods
  • Publication number: 20090192570
    Abstract: Methods and systems of treating a patient with ischemia pain include providing a stimulator, configuring one or more stimulation parameters to treat ischemia pain in a visceral organ, programming the stimulator with the one or more stimulation parameters, generating a stimulus configured to treat ischemia pain with the stimulator in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters, and applying the stimulus with the stimulator to one or more stimulation sites in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kristen N. Jaax, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20090149866
    Abstract: An insertion kit for implanting an electrode in a patient can include a handle; an insertion member coupled to the handle at a proximal end of the insertion member and configured and arranged to be inserted into a patient; an alignment member coupled to the handle and disposed over the distal end of the insertion member; and an electrode configured and arranged to be inserted into the patient using the insertion member. In some instances, the insertion kit may also include one or more of a marker that cooperates with the alignment member to mark a position of the electrode on the skin of the patient; a pointer that cooperates with the alignment member to find the marked position on the skin of the patient; and a second electrode and a second insertion member configured and arranged for detachably coupling to the handle in place of the insertion member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Janusz A. Kuzma, Todd K. Whitehurst, Lani A. Smith, Chuladatta Thenuwara
  • Publication number: 20090125088
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for implanting medical devices. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a flexible base member that can be flexed manually to conform to a contour of an anatomy, the base member including a radioscopic indicium that has a characteristic such that, under radioscopic imaging, passage of a skin-penetrating electromagnetic radiation is hindered to an extent that is distinguishable from a hindrance of the electromagnetic radiation by another portion of the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen N. Jaax, Todd K. Whitehurst
  • Publication number: 20090112272
    Abstract: Exemplary systems include a stimulator configured to be implanted within a patient, the stimulator having a body defined by at least one side surface disposed in between distal and proximal end surfaces, and a connector assembly configured to be coupled to the stimulator and extend parallel to the at least one side surface of the stimulator. The connector assembly is further configured to facilitate removable coupling of a lead having one or more electrodes disposed thereon to the stimulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Rafael Carbunaru, Todd K. Whitehurst, Kristen N. Jaax, Greg Baldwin, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20090082835
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, Jim Makous
  • Patent number: 7493171
    Abstract: Systems and methods for introducing one or more stimulating drugs and/or applying electrical stimulation to the brain to at least treat or prevent obesity and/or other eating disorders, as well as drug, nicotine and alcohol addiction, uses at least one system control unit (SCU) producing electrical pulses delivered via electrodes implanted in the brain and/or producing drug infusion pulses, wherein the stimulating drug(s) are delivered to targeted areas in the brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp.
    Inventors: Todd K Whitehurst, James C Makous, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen N Jaax
  • Patent number: 7493172
    Abstract: Methods of treating a medical condition of a patient include applying at least one stimulus to a target nerve within the patient with an implanted system control unit in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters. The target nerve may include any nerve originating in an upper cervical spine area of the patient or a branch of any nerve originating in the upper cervical spine area of the patient. Systems for treating a medical condition of a patient include a system control unit that is implanted within the patient and that is configured to apply at least one stimulus to the target nerve within the patient in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp.
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Kristen N. Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Patent number: 7483746
    Abstract: Systems for treating an obese patient include one or more sensors configured to sense one or more physical parameters of the patient and one or more implanted stimulators configured to apply a stimulus to the stomach in response to the sensed parameters. Methods of treating an obese patient include sensing one or more physical parameters of the patient and applying a stimulus to the stomach with one or more implanted stimulators in response to the sensed parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp.
    Inventors: Philip H. J. Lee, Todd K. Whitehurst, Carla M. Woods
  • Patent number: 7481759
    Abstract: Methods and systems for treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD) include implantation of the discharge portion(s) of a catheter and, optionally, electrodes on a lead, near the tissue(s) to be stimulated. Stimulation pulses, i.e., drug infusion pulses and optional electrical pulses, are supplied by a stimulator implanted remotely, and through the catheter or lead, which is tunneled subcutaneously between the stimulator and stimulation site. Stimulation sites include the coronary arteries, the aorta, the left ventricle, the left atrium, and/or the pulmonary veins, among other locations. Disclosed treatments include drugs used for acute treatment of CAD, for chronic treatment of CAD, to promote angiogenesis, and/or as AGE Crosslink Breakers, among other drugs. For instance, the systems and methods reduce or eliminate the incidence of CAD and related morbidities, improve symptoms resulting from CAD, and/or improve cardiac blood flow, cardiac function, and patient quality of life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, James P McGivern, Kelly H McClure, Mark R. Stultz
  • Patent number: 7477944
    Abstract: Systems and methods for introducing one or more stimulating drugs and/or applying electrical stimulation to the pancreas and/or nerve fibers innervating the pancreas to treat or prevent diabetes and/or to modulate pancreatic endocrine secretions uses at least one system control unit (SCU) producing electrical pulses delivered via electrodes and/or producing drug infusion pulses, wherein the stimulating drug(s) are delivered via one or more pumps and infusion outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation
    Inventors: Todd K Whitehurst, James P McGivern
  • Publication number: 20090005823
    Abstract: A lead assembly for a small implantable medical device (a.k.a, microdevice 10) provides means to attach a remote electrode to microdevice, which means inhibit fluid ingress when microdevice is not attached to lead assembly. Microdevices may provide either or both tissue stimulation and sensing. Known microdevices include spaced apart electrodes on the outer surface of the microdevice. Lead assembly includes an insulated lead including a proximal end and a distal end, with at least one conductor therebetween; at least one electrode at the distal end of the lead and electrically connected to the at least one conductor, and a connector attached to the proximal end of the lead and adapted to be removably connectable to microdevice. Connector includes at least one contact to electrically connect at least one device electrode on microdevice to at least one conductor, thereby electrically connecting at least electrode and the at least one electrode at the distal end of lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Todd K. Whitehurst, James P. McGivern