Patents by Inventor Volkmar Falk

Volkmar Falk 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: 20190076588
    Abstract: A biomedical apparatus for pumping blood of a human or an animal patient through a secondary blood circuit is provided, including a blood pump, an inlet duct and an outlet duct for guiding blood of the patient to the blood pump and back to the patient. The apparatus further includes a measuring device with at least one pressure sensor for measuring pressure values in the patient's circulatory system. A controller is provided that includes at least two different preset control algorithms for regulating the operating point of the blood pump based on the measured pressure values. The controller is configured to select one of these preset control algorithms for being applied in dependence on the position of the at least one pressure sensor in the patient's circulatory system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Gregor Ochsner, Marianne Schmid Daners, Raffael Amacher, Mirko Meboldt, Volkmar Falk, Anastasios Petrou, Markus Wilhelm, Barbara Röhrnbauer
  • Publication number: 20170021074
    Abstract: The invention relates to an implantable pump system for delivering blood within the body of a patient, with a blood pump which delivers a fluid in an axial direction and comprises a rotatingly drivable rotor as well as a pump casing surrounding the rotor, as well as a support tube, in which the pump casing is arranged and held, wherein an annular gap is formed between the support tube and the pump casing. An almost physiological blood flow is rendered possible in this manner, by way of the combination of a flow through the pump casing on the one hand, and the annular gap on the other hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Ulrich Tim Opfermann, Andreas Arndt, Volkmar Falk
  • Patent number: 9119654
    Abstract: Surgical methods and devices allow closed-chest surgery to be performed on a heart of a patient while the heart is beating. A region of the heart is stabilized by engaging a surface of the heart with a stabilizer without having to stop the heart. Motion of the target tissues is inhibited sufficiently to treat the target tissues with robotic surgical tools which move in response to inputs of a robotic system operator. A stabilizing surface of the stabilizer is coupled to a drive system to position the surface from outside the patient, preferably by actuators of the robotic servomechanism. Exemplary stabilizers includes a suture or other flexible tension member spanning between a pair of jointed bodies, allowing the member to occlude a coronary blood vessel and/or help stabilize the target region between the stabilizing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Andris D. Ramans, David J. Rosa, Volkmar Falk
  • Publication number: 20120123217
    Abstract: Surgical methods and devices allow closed-chest surgery to be performed on a heart of a patient while the heart is beating. A region of the heart is stabilized by engaging a surface of the heart with a stabilizer without having to stop the heart. Motion of the target tissues is inhibited sufficiently to treat the target tissues with robotic surgical tools which move in response to inputs of a robotic system operator. A stabilizing surface of the stabilizer is coupled to a drive system to position the surface from outside the patient, preferably by actuators of the robotic servomechanism. Exemplary stabilizers includes a suture or other flexible tension member spanning between a pair of jointed bodies, allowing the member to occlude a coronary blood vessel and/or help stabilize the target region between the stabilizing surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Andris D. Ramans, David J. Rosa, Volkmar Falk
  • Patent number: 8177835
    Abstract: A method as a workflow for imaging for a heart valve implant procedure includes positioning the patient and an articulated imaging apparatus relative to one another, inducing rapid ventricular pacing in the patient, and imaging a region of the patient's heart to obtain image date for a three-dimensional image. The three-dimensional data is used to construct a three-dimensional image of the region of the patient's heart an the three-dimensional image is displayed for use in the implanting of the replacement heart valve. Optional steps may include obtaining a real time two-dimensional image of the patient's heart and superimposing the real time two-dimensional image with the constructed three dimensional image. The replacement valve is moved into position in the patient's heart during rapid ventricular pacing and breath hold using the superimposed two-dimensional and three-dimensional image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alois Noettling, Jan Boese, Matthias John, Volkmar Falk, Thomas Walther
  • Patent number: 8105235
    Abstract: Surgical methods and devices allow closed-chest surgery to be performed on a heart of a patient while the heart is beating. A region of the heart is stabilized by engaging a surface of the heart with a stabilizer without having to stop the heart. Motion of the target tissues is inhibited sufficiently to treat the target tissues with robotic surgical tools which move in response to inputs of a robotic system operator. A stabilizing surface of the stabilizer is coupled to a drive system to position the surface from outside the patient, preferably by actuators of the robotic servomechanism. Exemplary stabilizers includes a suture or other flexible tension member spanning between a pair of jointed bodies, allowing the member to occlude a coronary blood vessel and/or help stabilize the target region between the stabilizing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Andris D. Ramans, David J. Rosa, Volkmar Falk
  • Publication number: 20110046725
    Abstract: A method as a workflow for imaging for a heart valve implant procedure includes positioning the patient and an articulated imaging apparatus relative to one another, inducing rapid ventricular pacing in the patient, and imaging a region of the patient's heart to obtain image date for a three-dimensional image. The three-dimensional data is used to construct a three-dimensional image of the region of the patient's heart an the three-dimensional image is displayed for use in the implanting of the replacement heart valve. Optional steps may include obtaining a real time two-dimensional image of the patient's heart and superimposing the real time two-dimensional image with the constructed three dimensional image. The replacement valve is moved into position in the patient's heart during rapid ventricular pacing and breath hold using the superimposed two-dimensional and three-dimensional image information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Alois Noettling, Jan Boese, Matthias John, Volkmar Falk, Thomas Walther
  • Publication number: 20050107808
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for performing a surgical procedure on a beating heart of a patient. Methods are provided which include positioning an end effector in close proximity to a surgical site on the heart, the end effector being mounted on a robotically controlled arm. The motion of the surgical site is monitored and end effector tracking command signals computed in response to the monitored motion of the surgical site. The tracking command signals are forwarded to actuators operatively associated with the robotically controlled arm to cause the arm to move the end effector generally to track motion of the surgical site. The method further includes inputting an end effector movement command signal, and forwarding the end effector movement command signal to the actuators to cause the end effector to move relative to the surgical site so as to perform at least part of the surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Publication date: May 19, 2005
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Evans, Frederic Moll, Gary Guthart, William Nowlin, Rand Pendleton, Christopher Wilson, Andris Ramans, David Rosa, Volkmar Falk, Robert Younge
  • Patent number: 6858003
    Abstract: A surgical system or assembly for performing cardiac surgery includes a surgical instrument; a servo-mechanical system engaged to the surgical instrument for operating the surgical instrument; and an attachment assembly for removing at least one degree of movement from a moving surgical cardiac worksite to produce a resultant surgical cardiac worksite. The surgical system or assembly also includes a motion tracking system for gathering movement information on a resultant surgical cardiac worksite. A control computer is engaged to the attachment assembly and to the motion tracking system and to the servo-mechanical system for controlling movement of the attachment assembly and for feeding gathered information to the servo-mechanical system for moving the surgical instrument in unison with the resultant surgical cardiac worksite such that a relative position of the moving surgical instrument with respect to the resultant surgical cardiac worksite is generally constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip C. Evans, Frederic H. Moll, Gary S. Guthart, William C. Nowlin, Rand P. Pendleton, Christopher P. Wilson, Andris D. Ramans, David J. Rosa, Volkmar Falk, Robert G. Younge
  • Publication number: 20050033270
    Abstract: Surgical methods and devices allow closed-chest surgery to be performed on a heart of a patient while the heart is beating. A region of the heart is stabilized by engaging a surface of the heart with a stabilizer without having to stop the heart. Motion of the target tissues is inhibited sufficiently to treat the target tissues with robotic surgical tools which move in response to inputs of a robotic system operator. A stabilizing surface of the stabilizer is coupled to a drive system to position the surface from outside the patient, preferably by actuators of the robotic servomechanism. Exemplary stabilizers includes a suture or other flexible tension member spanning between a pair of jointed bodies, allowing the member to occlude a coronary blood vessel and/or help stabilize the target region between the stabilizing surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Publication date: February 10, 2005
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andris Ramans, David Rosa, Volkmar Falk
  • Patent number: 6764445
    Abstract: Surgical methods and devices allow closed-chest surgery to be performed on a heart of a patient while the heart is beating. A region of the heart is stabilized by engaging a surface of the heart with a stabilizer without having to stop the heart. Motion of the target tissues is inhibited sufficiently to treat the target tissues with robotic surgical tools which move in response to inputs of a robotic system operator. A stabilizing surface of the stabilizer is coupled to a drive system to position the surface from outside the patient, preferably by actuators of the robotic servomechanism. Exemplary stabilizers includes a suture or other flexible tension member spanning between a pair of jointed bodies, allowing the member to occlude a coronary blood vessel and/or help stabilize the target region between the stabilizing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andris D. Ramans, David J. Rosa, Volkmar Falk
  • Publication number: 20030055410
    Abstract: A surgical system or assembly for performing cardiac surgery includes a surgical instrument; a servo-mechanical system engaged to the surgical instrument for operating the surgical instrument; and an attachment assembly for removing at least one degree of movement from a moving surgical cardiac worksite to produce a resultant surgical cardiac worksite. The surgical system or assembly also includes a motion tracking system for gathering movement information on a resultant surgical cardiac worksite. A control computer is engaged to the attachment assembly and to the motion tracking system and to the servo-mechanical system for controlling movement of the attachment assembly and for feeding gathered information to the servo-mechanical system for moving the surgical instrument in unison with the resultant surgical cardiac worksite such that a relative position of the moving surgical instrument with respect to the resultant surgical cardiac worksite is generally constant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip C. Evans, Frederic H. Moll, Gary S. Guthart, William C. Nowlin, Rand P. Pendleton, Christopher P. Wilson, Andris D. Ramans, David J. Rosa, Volkmar Falk, Robert G. Younge
  • Patent number: 6468265
    Abstract: A surgical system or assembly for performing cardiac surgery includes a surgical instrument; a servo-mechanical system engaged to the surgical instrument for operating the surgical instrument; and an attachment assembly for removing at least one degree of movement from a moving surgical cardiac worksite to produce a resultant surgical cardiac worksite. The surgical system or assembly also includes a motion tracking system for gathering movement information on a resultant surgical cardiac worksite. A control computer is engaged to the attachment assembly and to the motion tracking system and to the servo-mechanical system for controlling movement of the attachment assembly and for feeding gathered information to the servo-mechanical system for moving the surgical instrument in unison with the resultant surgical cardiac worksite such that a relative position of the moving surgical instrument with respect to the resultant surgical cardiac worksite is generally constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip C. Evans, Frederic H. Moll, Gary S. Guthart, William C. Nowlin, Rand P. Pendleton, Christopher P. Wilson, Andris D. Ramans, David J. Rosa, Volkmar Falk, Robert G. Younge
  • Patent number: 6398726
    Abstract: Surgical methods and devices allow closed-chest surgery to be performed on a heart of a patient while the heart is beating. A region of the heart is stabilized by engaging a surface of the heart with a stabilizer without having to stop the heart. Motion of the target tissues is inhibited sufficiently to treat the target tissues with robotic surgical tools which move in response to inputs of a robotic system operator. A stabilizing surface of the stabilizer is coupled to a drive system to position the surface from outside the patient, preferably by actuators of the robotic servomechanism. Exemplary stabilizers includes a suture or other flexible tension member spanning between a pair of jointed bodies, allowing the member to occlude a coronary blood vessel and/or help stabilize the target region between the stabilizing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andris D. Ramans, David J. Rosa, Volkmar Falk
  • Publication number: 20020045888
    Abstract: Surgical methods and devices allow closed-chest surgery to be performed on a heart of a patient while the heart is beating. A region of the heart is stabilized by engaging a surface of the heart with a stabilizer without having to stop the heart. Motion of the target tissues is inhibited sufficiently to treat the target tissues with robotic surgical tools which move in response to inputs of a robotic system operator. A stabilizing surface of the stabilizer is coupled to a drive system to position the surface from outside the patient, preferably by actuators of the robotic servomechanism. Exemplary stabilizers includes a suture or other flexible tension member spanning between a pair of jointed bodies, allowing the member to occlude a coronary blood vessel and/or help stabilize the target region between the stabilizing surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andris D. Ramans, David J. Rosa, Volkmar Falk