Expanding Arm Or Finger Patents (Class 604/106)
  • Patent number: 10687982
    Abstract: A tympanostomy tube is provided for insertion into and residence in a tympanic membrane of a mammal. The tympanostomy tube has a body including a first end portion, a second end portion and a central portion disposed between the first and second end portions. Additionally, an axially extending passageway is provided having a first open end and a second open end. The first end portion includes a relatively enlarged diameter radially extending flange disposed adjacent a first end of the first end portion, and a relatively reduced diameter portion. The second end portion includes at least first and second moveable legs having first ends coupled to the first end portion and second ends. The second ends include sharpened surfaces that are sufficiently sharpened to incise through the tympanic membrane during insertion of the tympanostomy tube in the tympanic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Domestic Legacy Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michael H Fritsch
  • Patent number: 10555745
    Abstract: Retrieval assemblies configured to capture an obstruction located in a bodily duct of a patient are provided. According to one implementation a retrieval assembly is provided that includes a distal collar fixed stationary on an elongate wire, a proximal collar slideable along a portion of the length of the elongate wire, and a plurality of shape memory elongate clot capturing elements that each has a proximal end coupled to the proximal collar and a distal end coupled to the distal collar. The retrieval device is configured to automatically transition from a radially constrained state to an expanded rest state with the proximal collar located nearer the distal collar when in the expanded rest state. As the retrieval device transitions from the radially constrained state to the expanded rest state, proximal portions of the clot capturing elements invert around the proximal collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy William Ingraham Clark
  • Patent number: 10478247
    Abstract: A medical device may include an expandable energy delivery array reciprocally movable between a first configuration and a second configuration. The expandable energy delivery array may include a first assembly having a first proximal end piece, a first distal end piece, and one or more first energy transfer elements extending between the first proximal and first distal end pieces, and a second assembly having a second proximal end piece, a second distal end piece, and one or more second energy transfer elements extending between the second proximal and second distal end pieces. The second proximal end piece may be proximal to the first proximal end piece and the second distal end piece may be distal to the first distal end piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Karl Litscher, Joseph A. Levendusky, Man Minh Nguyen, Paul Mannion, T J Byrne
  • Patent number: 10258776
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating target tissues within the ears are disclosed. Systems include a device including a cutting edge configured to form an incision in a tympanic membrane, a pressure equalization tube positionable within an interior space of the device in a compressed configuration and configured to expand into an expanded configuration when released from the interior space, and an elongate positioning element configured to release the pressure equalization tube from the interior space such that the pressure equalization tube is deployed in the incision formed in the tympanic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Greg Liu, John H. Morriss, Joshua Makower, William M. Facteau, Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang
  • Patent number: 10226606
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein includes materials, devices, systems, and methods for utilizing a stent (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700), reducing movement of a stent within an ureter, securing the stent within the ureter, aiding in insertion or retrieval of a stent from the ureter, preventing irritation of the trigone, or combinations thereof. In one embodiment, a stent is disclosed including at least one retaining structure (228, 328, 428, 528, 628, 728) positioned at least proximate a bladder configured to irritate a trigone less than a curled retaining structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: C.R. BARD, INC.
    Inventors: Beatrice Wan, Robert H. Orr, III, Richard Reineke, Jill Walthall, Mitch Loy
  • Patent number: 10123803
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke that provide immediate blood flow restoration to a vessel occluded by a clot and, after reestablishing blood flow, address the clot itself. Immediate blood flow restoration advantageously can facilitate natural lysis of the clot and also can reduce or obviate the concern for distal embolization due to fragmentation of the clot. Several embodiments of the invention provide for progressive, or modular, treatment based upon the nature of the clot. For example, the progressive treatment can include immediate restoration of blood flow, in-situ clot management, and/or clot removal depending on the particular circumstances of the treatment. The in-situ clot management can include, for example, lysis, maceration, and/or removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: David A. Ferrera, Andrew H. Cragg, John Fulkerson
  • Patent number: 10058240
    Abstract: Described are various embodiments of surgical procedure systems, devices, tools, and methods, useful for treating pelvic conditions such as vaginal prolapse and other conditions caused by muscle and ligament weakness, the devices and tools being useful for transvaginally accessing a posterior region of pelvic anatomy, and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Alexander, Benjamin Y. Arcand, Justin H. Huelman, Chaouki A. Khamis, Micah D. Thorson, Thomas O. Viker
  • Patent number: 9962177
    Abstract: A platform of devices for removing obstructions and other objects within a blood vessel or other interior lumen of an animal is provided. The system may be deployed in the lumen from a catheter(s) and the system includes a proximal hub, and a distal basket comprised of a plurality of cells. A number of different baskets designs are disclosed. Methods of manufacturing such baskets out of a single tube of a memory metal without the need for any welding or soldering, and methods of use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Legacy Ventures LLC
    Inventor: Arthur John Ulm, III
  • Patent number: 9808142
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cover having a plurality of moveable, external, angled projecting elements for use with flexible medical scoping devices such as endoscopesor enteroscopes. The invention includes the cover with an over cuff and use of the disposable removable covering in methods of medical scoping procedures or examinations. The invention also includes an applicator for assisting in placing the covering about or over a medical device and a kit of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Arc Medical Design Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Axon, Patrick Axon
  • Patent number: 9707071
    Abstract: A percutaneous transluminal angioplasty device includes an embolic filter mounted to the catheter shaft at a location distal to the angioplasty balloon. Thus the filter is downstream from the blockage and is properly positioned to capture embolic particles that may be set loose into the blood stream as the angioplasty procedure is performed. The embolic filter is normally collapsed against the catheter shaft to facilitate introduction and withdrawal of the device to and from the operative site. Once the angioplasty balloon is properly positioned, however, means operatively associated with the embolic filter are actuated to erect the filter to position a filter mesh across the lumen of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Contego Medical LLC
    Inventors: Ravish Sachar, Udayan Patel
  • Patent number: 9039729
    Abstract: A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter, further comprising an imaging modality to facilitate intravascular imaging of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: BIO2 MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Luis F. Angel, Jeffrey N. Steinmetz, Daniel D. Sims
  • Patent number: 9039728
    Abstract: A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter, further comprising an imaging modality to facilitate intravascular imaging of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: BIO2 MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Luis F. Angel, Jeffrey N. Steinmetz, Daniel D. Sims
  • Patent number: 8945170
    Abstract: An occluding device is provided for occluding fluid flow through a lumen of a body vessel. The occluding device includes an expandable tubular body having a tubular wall defining a lumen formed therethrough. The tubular wall has a proximal end extending to a distal end along a longitudinal axis of the tubular body. A plurality of longitudinal slits is formed through the tubular wall to define a plurality of flexible strips bound by a proximal non-slit portion and a distal non-slit portion. A plurality of barbs is disposed on the flexible strips. The tubular body is configured to open radially to engage the barbs with the vessel wall defining an expanded state and to collapse along the longitudinal axis to draw the vessel wall radially inward defining a collapsed state. Occluding material is housed within the lumen of the tubular body and the occluding material is configured to move between a collapsed state and an expanded state with the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Ram H. Paul, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8920380
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system includes an anchor sleeve and a catheter (or other medical instrument) to advance though a working channel of the anchor sleeve. The anchor sleeve may have a subcutaneous cuff device arranged along an outer surface. In such circumstances, the embedded cuff device can inhibit the migration of infection from outside the skin and into the blood stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: INTERRAD Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 8845583
    Abstract: An embolic protection device for use in a blood vessel when an interventional procedure is being performed in a stenosed or occluded region to capture any embolic material which may be created and released into the bloodstream during the procedure. The device includes a filtering assembly having a self-expanding strut assembly and a filter element attached thereto. In one embodiment, the filtering assembly is attached to the distal end of a guidewire and is deployed within the patient's vasculature as the guidewire is manipulated into the area of treatment. A restraining sheath placed over the filtering assembly in a coaxial arrangement maintains the filtering assembly in its collapsed position until it is ready to be deployed by the physician. Thereafter, the sheath can be retracted to expose the filtering assembly which will then self-expand within the patient's vasculature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Boyle, David H. Burkett, Andy E. Denison, Benjamin C. Huter, Scott J. Huter, Arkady Kokish, Kent C. B. Stalker, Chicheng Wang, John D. Whitfield
  • Publication number: 20140276408
    Abstract: Described here are systems, devices, and methods for delivery of an implant to a bodily cavity. The implant may include a hub and a plurality of legs, and may be moveable between a low-profile and expanded configuration. The systems may include a crimping device having a crimping member with a plurality of arms. The plurality of arms may engage the plurality of legs of the implant, and may move the legs to move the implant to the low-profile configuration. In some instances a delivery device may aid in crimping and/or delivery of the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Intersect ENT, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony J. ABBATE
  • Patent number: 8795315
    Abstract: An embolic capturing device for capturing emboli within a body lumen is disclosed. The embolic capturing device (10) comprises a filtering basket (20) and at least one coil (22) attached to the basket. The filtering basket includes a frame (23) and a filtering body (30) disposed on the frame. The at least one coil is attached to the filtering body for filtering emboli in the body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: James B. Hunt
  • Patent number: 8777977
    Abstract: A self-centering central access catheter includes a multi-lumen catheter body, a first port associated with a first lumen, and a second port associated with a second lumen. The first and second ports are disposed proximate a distal end of the multi-lumen catheter. A diametrically expansible member is circumferentially coupled to a multi-lumen catheter body and positioned intermediate the first port and the second port. The diametrically expansible member comprises a first portion that is immovably fixed to the multi-lumen catheter body and a second portion that is movably coupled to the multi-lumen catheter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Bio2 Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Luis F. Angel
  • Patent number: 8777981
    Abstract: A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter including ports proximal and distal the filter for fluid infusion and/or pressure sensing and infusion ports in the catheter to permit infusion of bioactive agents, flushing agents and/or contrast agents. The embolic filter may be removably coupled to the multi-lumen catheter for temporary placement and retrieval under recommended indications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Bio2Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Luis F. Angel
  • Patent number: 8747354
    Abstract: A catheter for the local delivery of therapeutic agents and methods of using the same for the treatment or prevention of disease are disclosed. A catheter may include a tubular net and a guidewire attached to the tubular net longitudinally along the abluminal side of the net. The catheter may further include a tubular member that opens onto the abluminal side of the tubular net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Paul M. Consigny
  • Patent number: 8747388
    Abstract: A medical device can be used to drain fluids from the body during a medical procedure that requires the insertion of a medical instrument into an anatomical lumen or cavity. The device generally allows the simultaneous introduction of the medical instrument into the body and drainage of fluid out of the body during a medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Prabhakar Pandey, David W. Robertson
  • Patent number: 8696623
    Abstract: An adjustable shape abscess irrigation device includes a first tube that is slidably associated with a second tube. The irrigation device includes a retainer that defines a variable shape diameter. The diameter of the retainer is selectively adjustable by the relative positioning of the first tube and the second tube such that, once placed relative to an abscess, the shape of the device can be manipulated to allow desired drainage of irrigation and abscess fluids beyond the confines of the abscess. Upon adequate drainage of the abscess, the cross-section shape of the retainer can be reduced to facilitate more comfortable and less detrimental removal of the device from the patient. Preferably, the irrigation device is formed via one or multi-shot injection molding and is formed of more than material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: MGS Mfg. Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark G. Sellers
  • Patent number: 8668712
    Abstract: A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter including ports proximal and distal the filter for fluid infusion and/or pressure sensing and infusion ports in the catheter to permit infusion of bioactive agents, flushing agents and/or contrast agents. The embolic filter may be removably coupled to the multi-lumen catheter for temporary placement and retrieval under recommended indications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: BiO2 Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Luis F. Angel
  • Patent number: 8628494
    Abstract: A needleless fluid injection device including a flexible shaft with a proximal end, a distal end, an injection lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the shaft, and at least one injection orifice extending through a wall of the injection lumen at the distal end of the shaft. The injection lumen can include a depth-limiting system (462) at its distal end for controlling the depth of insertion of the injection lumen relative to a target tissue of a patient. The injection lumen can alternatively or additionally include at least one guidance feature. The injection lumen can alternatively or additionally include at least one flow-modifying protrusion extending from the inner tubular wall of the injection lumen and toward a longitudinal axis of the injection lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Justin M. Crank, Suranjan Roychowdhury, Carey J. Becker
  • Patent number: 8617136
    Abstract: A medical device is provided for dilatation of a vessel and delivery of a therapeutic agent to a wall of the vessel. The medical device comprises a catheter, a balloon located at a distal end of the catheter, and a drug delivery extension. The drug delivery extension is configured to extend beyond an outer surface of the balloon when the balloon is in an expanded configuration in order to deliver the therapeutic agent to an area beyond the outer surface of the balloon. The drug delivery extension may be one or more tubes, elongate members and/or expandable structures. The drug delivery extension may include a sheath for drug delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan Weber
  • Patent number: 8613753
    Abstract: A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter including ports proximal and distal the filter for fluid infusion and/or pressure sensing and infusion ports in the catheter to permit infusion of bioactive agents, flushing agents and/or contrast agents. The embolic filter may be removably coupled to the multi-lumen catheter for temporary placement and retrieval under recommended indications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: BiO2 Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis F. Angel, Jeffrey N. Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 8597277
    Abstract: Disclosed is an expandable transluminal sheath, for introduction into the body while in a first, low cross-sectional area configuration, and subsequent expansion of at least a part of the distal end of the sheath to a second, enlarged cross-sectional configuration. The distal end of the sheath is maintained in the first, low cross-sectional configuration and expanded using a radial dilatation device. In an exemplary application, the sheath is utilized to provide access for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures such as ureteroscopy, cardiac electrophysiology, gastroenterology, and spinal access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Onset Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Jay Lenker, Onnik Tchulluian, Edward J. Nance
  • Patent number: 8528563
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and devices for performing improved gynecologic and urologic procedures are disclosed. The system and devices provide simplified use and reduced risk of adverse events. Patient benefit is achieved through improved outcomes, reduced pain, especially peri-procedural pain, and reduced recovery times. The various embodiments enable procedures to be performed outside the hospital setting, such as in a doctor's office or clinic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventor: William Harwick Gruber
  • Patent number: 8465456
    Abstract: An intravascular aspirating assembly comprising an elongate guidewire having a proximally facing filter disposed on a distal portion thereof, a single operator exchange aspiration catheter disposed on the guidewire, the aspiration catheter having a proximal end, a distal end and an aspiration lumen extending therebetween, an extension catheter slidably disposed in the aspiration lumen and having a length greater than that of the aspiration catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Stivland
  • Patent number: 8435208
    Abstract: A subcutaneous implantation instrument with a scissored dissecting tool assembly is provided. An incising shaft longitudinally defines a substantially non-circular bore continuously formed to communicatively receive an implantable object and further includes a beveled cutting blade formed on a distal end. A dissecting tool assembly is included. A longitudinally split needle tip forms a pair of blades with cutting edges progressively defined outwardly from the needle tip. A pair of handles are each distally attached to one of the blades and pivotably coupled and disposed for transverse operation, wherein the dissecting tool assembly is removably affixable to the distal end of the incising shaft. A delivery mechanism longitudinally defines a substantially non-circular bore continuously formed to deploy the implantable object into the incising shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Science Corporation
    Inventor: Gust H. Bardy
  • Patent number: 8403876
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 8366664
    Abstract: An agent delivery catheter which has a support member comprising at least one articulating arm having an end fixedly secured relative to the shaft and having an anchor end section opposite to the fixed end. The articulating arm is biased to pivot at the fixed end away from the shaft, to transform from a low profile configuration to a high profile configuration in which the arm extends laterally away from the shaft and the anchor end section contacts the patient's body lumen wall, to support the shaft in the body lumen during delivery of an agent, for example by injection from a needle extended from the catheter into the wall of the body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Jesus Magana
  • Patent number: 8337445
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to medical devices and methods for the treatment of ocular disorders. One method provides an implant having an inlet portion with a first anchor and an outlet portion with a second anchor. The implant is implanted in tissue of an eye such the implant conducts fluid from an anterior chamber of the eye to a physiological outflow pathway of the eye. The implanting involves positioning the first anchor adjacent eye tissue, positioning the second anchor within the physiological outflow pathway, and deploying the second anchor such that the second anchor secures the implant within the physiological outflow pathway and a distal end of the second anchor is positioned further into the physiological outflow pathway than an outlet of the outlet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Glaukos Corporation
    Inventors: Hosheng Tu, Gregory T Smedley, Barbara A Niksch, David S Haffner
  • Patent number: 8268009
    Abstract: A bowel extension device implantable into a body for treatment of short bowel syndrome. The bowel extension device comprises a housing and a displaceable member coupled to the housing. The bowel extension device is configured to apply a tensile force sufficient to promote bowel growth without causing damage to the bowel. In some embodiments, the bowel extension device can be completely contained with the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Regents of The University of Michigan
    Inventors: Daniel H. Teitelbaum, Jonathan E. Luntz, Ariel U. Spencer, Diann E. Brei, Brent A. Utter, Joseph T. Belter, Jennifer L. Vermeesch, Alexander D. Farr, Makram P. Debbas
  • Patent number: 8241250
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gastrostomy or jejunal device for extended insertion into an abdomen of a patient. The device includes a catheter and a coaxial sheath that surrounds the catheter. The sheath includes a plurality of curved or oblique slots through the sheath materials that form a plurality of arms. A rotatable actuation device is provided to twist the sheath along its longitudinal axis which places the arms in compression and causes them to buckle radially outward beyond the circumference of the remainder of the sheath when the actuation device is rotated with respect to the remainder of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Jeffry S. Melsheimer
  • Patent number: 8211085
    Abstract: Therapeutic device intended for the selective cytoreductive treatment of an obstruction in a natural lumen or passage of the human or animal body, said lumen being obstructed by the effect of a local cell proliferation, said device comprising a tubular element, in particular of cylindrical shape, intended to be placed in said natural lumen and sufficiently flexible to conform to said natural lumen, but sufficiently rigid to maintain an artificial channel in said lumen. The tubular element supports lengthwise a medicinal sleeve which is intended to come into line with, and into contact with, the obstruction once the natural lumen has been intubated, and is designed to deliver locally, at least in its outer surface portion, at least one therapeutic agent which is cytoreductive, in particular cytotoxic, through contact with the cells under whose effect said lumen is obstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Marian Devonec
  • Patent number: 8206332
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 8109894
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 8105335
    Abstract: A manually manipulatable tool for removing a fecal impaction, the tool is adapted for insertion into a patient's rectum to engage and penetrate the impaction. The tool is fitted with flexible, arcuately configured elements collapsible at least partially during insertion into the rectum and penetration of the fecal impaction, withdrawal of the tool deploying the elements to exert traction on the impaction thus facilitating withdrawal of at least portions of the impaction. A body member of the tool is preferably elongated and can optionally be provided with a longitudinally extending lumen for introduction of an enema solution concurrently with or independently of impaction removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Burton Bentley
  • Patent number: 8105264
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation, Inc., The Regents of the University of Califonia
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worchen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 8105262
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 8105263
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 8048056
    Abstract: A gastrostomy device includes a tubular portion and an internal bolster having a radial wing secured to the tubular portion. The internal bolster is flexible and permits elastic deformation between a first orientation with the wing wrapped into a generally cylindrical configuration and a second orientation with the wing unfurled. A constraining member encases the internal bolster to retain the internal bolster in the first orientation and to cover at least a major portion of the wrapped wing. Removal of the casing permits the internal bolster to move from the first orientation to the second orientation. The internal bolster may be deployed by a ripcord, freeing the internal bolster into the patient' stomach and deploying the internal bolster to the second orientation. Alternatively, the internal bolster may be deployed by the constraining member being dissolved by the patient's bodily fluids located inside the patient's stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Medical Research
    Inventors: George J. Picha, Davor G. Mandic
  • Patent number: 8021332
    Abstract: An agent delivery catheter which has a support member comprising at least one articulating arm having an end fixedly secured relative to the shaft and having an anchor end section opposite to the fixed end. The articulating arm is biased to pivot at the fixed end away from the shaft, to transform from a low profile configuration to a high profile configuration in which the arm extends laterally away from the shaft and the anchor end section contacts the patient's body lumen wall, to support the shaft in the body lumen during delivery of an agent, for example by injection from a needle extended from the catheter into the wall of the body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Jesus Magana
  • Patent number: 8016782
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for the providing oxygenated blood to venous circulation. Embodiments include a femoral access approach to the creation of an Aorta-caval fistula at the bifurcation of the Aorta and the Inferior Vena Cava; an apparatus for the creation, modification and maintenance of a fistula; and a method of supplying oxygenated blood to the venous circulation of a patient. The devices, systems and methods can be used to treat patients with one or more numerous ailments including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension, hypotension, respiratory failure, pulmonary arterial hypertension, lung fibrosis and adult respiratory distress syndrome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Rox Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney Brenneman, Douglas S. Cali, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 7967782
    Abstract: A catheter delivers an electrode within a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency using RF energy. The catheter is introduced into a patient and positioned within the section of the vein to be treated. The electrode radiates high frequency energy towards the vein, and the surrounding venous tissue becomes heated and begins to shrink. The catheter includes a controllable member for limiting the amount of shrinkage of the vein to the diameter of the member. The electrode remains active until there has been sufficient shrinkage of the vein. The extent of shrinkage of the vein may be detected by fluoroscopy. After treating one section of the vein, the catheter and the electrode can be repositioned intraluminally within the vein to treat different sections of the vein until all desired venous sections and valves are repaired and rendered functionally competent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Michael D. Laufer, Brian E. Farley, Grace Y. Schulz, Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker
  • Patent number: 7857781
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Zoll Circulation, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 7842062
    Abstract: A method of remodeling the uncinate process associated with a paranasal sinus includes positioning at least one shim member in the infundibulum, the shim member deforming the uncinate process and widening at least a portion of the infundibulum. The infundibulum space may be dilated with a dilating member. Dilation may occur prior to delivery of the at least one shim. The dilation member may be delivered into the sinus cavity via an access passageway formed in the canine fossa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Entellus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter T. Keith, Theodore O. Truitt, Thomas V. Ressemann
  • Patent number: 7815659
    Abstract: A medical instrument is provided including a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end that define an axis, wherein the distal end is penetratable into tissue. The instrument also includes a tissue stop disposed on the shaft near the distal end and changeable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the distal end is penetratable into the tissue approximately to a predetermined depth when the tissue stop is in the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Conlon, David B. Griffith
  • Patent number: 7798992
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods and devices are provided for traversing a lumen, such as the gastrointestinal tract. The devices can include an elongate body having distally positioned tubing elements and proximally positioned control elements. The tubing elements are adapted for selective and independent radial expansion and contraction and longitudinal movement, such that movement of the tubing elements can drive the device through a lumen. In addition, the tubing elements can include a traction surface to reduce slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark S. Ortiz