Having Means Inflated In Body (e.g., Inflatable Nozzle, Dilator, Balloon Catheter, Occluder, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/96.01)
  • Patent number: 11642029
    Abstract: Generally, abnormal pressures in the sinus cavity can have physiological effects due to stimulation or injury of various nerves that are in proximity to the sinus, including increased or decreased pressure on the nerves as well as extrusion of the nerves into the sinus cavities due to bony dehiscence. Methods and devices for alleviating disorders associated with the sinus cavities are described. Embodiments herein include diagnosing these disorders by occluding or restricting the sinus ostium and assessing the physiological effects caused by the occlusion/restriction and treating these disorders by navigating/directing a dilating device to the sinus ostium and dilating the sinus ostium. Other embodiments are directed to devices for maintaining the ostial opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventor: Marc Richard Dean
  • Patent number: 11627989
    Abstract: A surgical kit includes a cannula assembly and a sheath. The cannula assembly includes a housing, an elongate shaft defining a lumen and extending from the housing, a fluid port adapted to be coupled to a fluid source, and an expandable body in fluid communication with the fluid port. The sheath is configured to be disposed over the expandable body of the cannula assembly to apply a compressive force to the expandable body. The sheath is transitionable between a contracted configuration and an expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Douglas M. Pattison, Oksana Buyda, Amanda M. Adinolfi
  • Patent number: 11627617
    Abstract: System and methods for out-of-band pairing sterile medical device with non-sterile devices without compromising sterility thereof. A system includes a sterile medical device; a non-sterile computing device; at least one near field communication (NFC) tag; and a sterile packaging enclosing the sterile medical device. In one example, a sterile percutaneous needle guidance device needs to pair and communicate with a non-sterile computer. The sterile device has an NFC tag embedded in the sterile device and an NFC tag embedded in the sterile packaging. The two NFC tags include identification information duplicate of each other. Before opening the sterile packaging either NFC tag can be scanned with the non-sterile device to initiate wireless pairing. If the sterile package is opened before pairing, the NFC tag contained in the packaging can be brought out of the sterile field and scanned with the non-sterile computer thus preserving the sterility of the sterile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Barret Daniels
  • Patent number: 11583249
    Abstract: A system and method for performing a non-fluoroscopic transseptal procedure may comprise a catheter and a device comprising a sheath, an introducer and a transducer embedded on the introducer and configured to perform a measurement during the non-fluoroscopic transseptal procedure. In this system, the transducer may be embedded on the outer surface of the introducer, or embedded on the inner surface of the introducer, or embedded within the introducer. The transducer may be a ring transducer or a circular transducer. The measurement is based on a plurality of ultrasonic pulses transmitted from the transducer, and the measurement determines a location of the catheter and/or a puncture location. In another embodiment, the transducer is embedded on a needle instead of an introducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventor: Andres Claudio Altmann
  • Patent number: 11583281
    Abstract: A device for use with a uterine tamponade balloon catheter apparatus, such as the Bakri postpartum hemorrhage balloon, is disclosed. The device comprises a stylet comprising a hub at its proximal end and an atraumatic tip at its distal end. The device is configured to be removably coupled to the tamponade balloon catheter apparatus to aid in the insertion and positioning of the tamponade balloon catheter within the uterine cavity, allowing the balloon to function as intended for the control and management of postpartum hemorrhage and uterine bleeding. The tamponade balloon catheter includes an echogenic element to aid in visualization by ultrasound during insertion and use. Methods of use of the device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Erin Roberts, Shawn Nichols, Wesley Pedersen
  • Patent number: 11559396
    Abstract: A transcatheter temporary valve prosthesis for blood vessel comprising an expandable support structure (5?), a valve (7), a filter (12) and a conveyor (6); said support structure (5?) forming a tubular shape when expanded, with a distal and a proximal end, said valve (7) being located at said distal end and said conveyor (6) extending within said support structure (5), from said proximal to said distal end and including a central passage that is adapted to act as an introducer for other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: AorticLab srl
    Inventors: Enrico Pasquino, Francesco Bonetti, Stefano Osta, Franco Osta
  • Patent number: 11554002
    Abstract: A wirelessly powered inflatable medical implant system includes a medical provider software application, a patient external controller and a MR-Conditional, nonferrous pump in reservoir implant. The medical provider software application programs the patient external controller for the patient to transmit wireless power and control signals to circuitry in a pump in reservoir implant. In response, the pump in reservoir implant, containing a fluid reservoir and pump package submerged therein, transfers fluid from the reservoir through tubing, and into one or more inflatable medical implants. Submerging the pump package within the reservoir simplifies surgery in males and pump placement in females and provides pump package heatsinking to limit implant overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: MHN BIOTECH LLC
    Inventors: Howard S. Newman, Marcel I. Horowitz, Arthur L. Burnett
  • Patent number: 11541211
    Abstract: Disclosed is a localized method for treatment of cancer including the steps of providing a drug delivery catheter; navigating the catheter to the bile duct; and delivering a therapeutic agent into the bile duct. According to one aspect of the method, the drug delivery catheter is a multi-occlusion balloon catheter. The multi-occlusion balloon catheter may include at least two balloons. The multi-occlusion balloon catheter may optionally include a pressure transducer between the balloons to optimize delivery technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: RenovoRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramtin Agah, Imtiaz L. Qureshi, Kamran Najmabadi, Shaun R. Bagai
  • Patent number: 11534771
    Abstract: An apparatus and method collect and deactivate pathogens (for example, coronaviruses) within a magnetic particle in order to reduce the number of active pathogens in a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: WEINBERG MEDICAL PHYSICS INC
    Inventor: Irving Weinberg
  • Patent number: 11523942
    Abstract: A method includes inserting into a patient body a medical suction tool, which includes a hollow first tube for removing material away from a Eustachian tube of a patient, and a hollow second tube disposed around the first tube. The medical suction tool is navigated to the Eustachian tube. The Eustachian tube is sealed by coupling an outer surface of the second tube to an inner surface of the Eustachian tube. While the Eustachian tube is sealed by the second tube, the material is removed away from the Eustachian tube via the first tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventor: Vadim Gliner
  • Patent number: 11517369
    Abstract: A blood vessel dissecting device is disclosed, which includes a dissecting device which, when being inserted into a living body along a blood vessel, dissects tissue in a direction of alignment thereof with the blood vessel, and a cutting device which, when being inserted into the living body along the blood vessel, cuts tissue surrounding the blood vessel in a direction of alignment thereof with the blood vessel. The cutting device includes a main body section which is inserted into the living body and holds the tissue between itself and the dissecting device, and a cutting section which cuts the tissue held between the main body section and the dissecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Jinno, Tatsunori Fujii
  • Patent number: 11478609
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a tube configured for insertion into a body of a subject, the tube comprising a plurality of strips, which are angled obliquely with respect to a longitudinal axis of the tube, by virtue of the tube being shaped to define a plurality of slits having respective oblique proximal ends and respective oblique distal ends. The distal end of each of the slits is nested between the proximal end of a first other one of the slits and the proximal end of a second other one of the slits such that (i) one of the strips is disposed between the distal end of the slit and the proximal end of the first other one of the slits, and (ii) another one of the strips is disposed between the distal end of the slit and the proximal end of the second other one of the slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Beeckler, Joseph Thomas Keyes
  • Patent number: 11471216
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods of the present disclosure can overcome physical constraints associated with catheter introduction to facilitate the use of a catheter with a large distal portion as part of a medical procedure benefiting from such a large distal portion, such as, for example, cardiac ablation. More specifically, devices, systems, and methods of the present disclosure can compress an expandable tip of a catheter from an expanded state to a compressed state along a tapered surface of an insertion sleeve for advancement of the expandable tip into vasculature of a patient. The tapered surface of the insertion sleeve can, for example, apply compressive forces at an angle against the advancing expandable tip. As compared to other approaches to the application of compressive force to an expandable tip, compressing the expandable tip using an angled force can reduce the likelihood of unintended deformation of the expandable tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Affera, Inc.
    Inventors: Doron Harlev, Andrew Miles Wallace, Luke Tsai, Ian Matthew Collier
  • Patent number: 11458330
    Abstract: The invention describes method for delivering and positioning radio-isotopes. The method uses encapsulating free flowing medicament into a leak proof vehicle and positioning the vehicle into the body. Also provided is a system for delivering and positioning radio-isotopes into the body, the system comprising fluid radio-isotope encapsulated in a leak proof material and/or absorbable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Arnold Herskovic
  • Patent number: 11446474
    Abstract: A balloon catheter is described, having a reinforced, co-axial, duel lumen design. At least one of the lumens is formed of a multilayer, tubular element in which one of the layers functions, in part, to provide radial reinforcement to the tubular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Micro Vention, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Gulachenski, Roland Guyon, Cathy Lei, Nelson Peralta, Tadele Haile Wolde-Meskel, Russell Corvese
  • Patent number: 11406327
    Abstract: An imaging catheter assembly comprising a catheter comprising: a proximal end; a distal end; a tubular body extending from the proximal end to the distal end; and an imaging element within the tubular body; a sheath comprising: a proximal end; a distal end; and a tubular body extending from the proximal end to the distal end, the tubular body having an inner surface, wherein the inner surface of the tubular body of the sheath at least partially defines a conduit for conveying a fluid to the distal end of the sheath, and wherein the sheath is movable such that the distal end of the sheath is positionable relative to the distal end of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Harold Dunfee, Seiji Takeuchi, Badr Elmaanaoui, Mark Alan Hamm
  • Patent number: 11395665
    Abstract: A neurovascular catheter having an atraumatic navigational tip is disclosed. The catheter includes an elongate flexible tubular body, a distal zone of the tubular body comprising: a tubular inner liner; a helical coil surrounding the inner liner and having a distal end, a tubular jacket surrounding the helical coil, and extending distally beyond the helical coil distal end to terminate in a catheter distal face, and a tubular radiopaque marker embedded in the tubular jacket. The catheter distal face comprises a first section that resides on a first plane which crosses a longitudinal axis of the tubular body at a first angle within the range of from about 35 degrees to about 55 degrees, and a second section that resides on a second plane which crosses the longitudinal axis of the tubular body at a second angle within the range from about 55 degrees to about 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Incept, LLC
    Inventors: Yi Yang, Ashoor Shahbazi Yourgenlow, Lisa M. Young, Brandon Yee, Marc Russell, Ryan Taylor Krone
  • Patent number: 11382155
    Abstract: System and methods for out-of-band pairing sterile medical device with non-sterile devices without compromising sterility thereof. A system includes a sterile medical device; a non-sterile computing device; at least one near field communication (NFC) tag; and a sterile packaging enclosing the sterile medical device. In one example, a sterile percutaneous needle guidance device needs to pair and communicate with a non-sterile computer. The sterile device has an NFC tag embedded in the sterile device and an NFC tag embedded in the sterile packaging. The two NFC tags include identification information duplicate of each other. Before opening the sterile packaging either NFC tag can be scanned with the non-sterile device to initiate wireless pairing. If the sterile package is opened before pairing, the NFC tag contained in the packaging can be brought out of the sterile field and scanned with the non-sterile computer thus preserving the sterility of the sterile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Barret Daniels
  • Patent number: 11364113
    Abstract: There is provided herein a bone anchored implant that is used to support a nasal prosthesis in patients with a missing external nose. The implant consists of central section (which is preferably generally triangular) suspended within the aperture of the nasal cavity by four fixation arms which extend radially to engage the surrounding maxillary bone. The triangular portion may support three fixation points, one at each corner of the triangular portion, which in turn, directly engage the nasal prosthesis either via magnets or mechanical locking interface. Extending radially from the triangular section, the four fixation arms may flatten to a clover leaf arrangement of three apertures which accommodate micro-screws that secure the implant to the surrounding maxillary bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: TMJ ORTHOPAEDICS PTY LTD
    Inventor: George Dimitroulis
  • Patent number: 11330994
    Abstract: A catheter includes a proximal shaft, a distal shaft, a pressure sensor, and at least one pressure sensor wire. The proximal shaft is substantially C-shaped such that in cross-section, the proximal shaft includes a first circumferential end, a second circumferential end, and a gap between the first circumferential and circumferential end. The proximal shaft defines a groove configured to receive a guidewire therein. The distal shaft is coupled to the proximal shaft and defines a guidewire lumen therein. The pressure sensor is coupled to the distal shaft. The pressure sensor wire is operably connected to the pressure sensor. A proximal portion of the pressure sensor wire is disposed within a proximal shaft wall of the proximal shaft and a distal portion of the pressure sensor wire is disposed within a distal shaft wall of the distal shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronan Rogers, Matthew Fleming, Ronan Finn, Timothy Jones, Francis McEvoy, Joshua Hillas, James Keaveney, Sean Ward, H. Allan Steingisser
  • Patent number: 11311369
    Abstract: An implant-delivery sleeve may comprise an enclosure having at least one opening and at least one vent conduit. The vent conduit may extend along a surface of the enclosure to assist in removing fluids (e.g., blood and air) from the tissue pocket to facilitate implantation of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: MENTOR WORLDWIDE LLC
    Inventors: Krasimira Hristov, Clifford Dwyer, James Fleming, Robert Tannhauser, Leo Kriksunov
  • Patent number: 11305098
    Abstract: Inflatable devices are disclosed including a surface which has a network of polymer chains and is configured to be inflatable into a therapeutically or diagnostically useful shape, and at least one ultrashort laser pulse-formed modification in the surface. The network can, for example, include a network morphology that is substantially unchanged by modification with the ultrashort pulse laser. Ultrashort laser pulses can be laser pulses equal to or less than 1000 picoseconds in duration. Advantageously, the etching process uses a relatively low-heat laser to avoid significant heating of surrounding polymers while modifying the surface (and other structures) of the device. The process is configured so that the polymer chain morphology adjacent the modification is substantially unaffected by the low-heat laser. The resulting inflatable device has customized surface features while still retaining substantially homogenous polymer network morphology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Pu Zhou, Bin Tian, Yidong M. Zhu
  • Patent number: 11266820
    Abstract: A system includes a platform configured for insertion into a user's nostril and a catheter. The platform includes a board having first and second major surfaces and a support extending from the board. The support includes an aperture therethrough. The catheter includes an inflatable tube and a lumen having first and second ends, the first end connected to the tube and the second end connected to a pressurized fluid source for inflating the tube. The tube is configured for insertion through the aperture. A method includes inserting a platform into a user's nostril, inserting a catheter through an aperture of the platform, and inflating a tube of the catheter. Inflating the tube is accomplished by introducing a pressurized fluid through a lumen of the catheter, to thereby cause the tube to conform to a passage of the user's nasal or pharyngeal region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Robert S. Bridge
  • Patent number: 11246653
    Abstract: A plurality of catheter-based ablation apparatus embodiments are provided that address several areas of atrial target tissue and which feature firm and consistent ablation element to tissue contact enabling the creation of effective continuous lesions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Boaz Avitall
  • Patent number: 11207510
    Abstract: An applicator is disclosed for applying a treatment solution to a treatment site of a patient. The applicator can include an applicator housing comprising a treatment solution reservoir. A cartridge can be removably disposed in the housing. The cartridge when arranged in the housing can be in fluid communication with the treatment solution reservoir. The cartridge can include an electrostatic module for electrostatically charging the treatment solution in the treatment solution reservoir; and a nozzle for applying the treatment solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Octet Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford A. Wright
  • Patent number: 11202891
    Abstract: A balloon catheter is described, having a reinforced, co-axial, duel lumen design. At least one of the lumens is formed of a multilayer, tubular element in which one of the layers functions, in part, to provide radial reinforcement to the tubular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: MicroVention, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Gulachenski, Roland Guyon, Cathy Lei, Nelson Peralta, Tadele Haile Wolde-Meskel, Russell Corvese
  • Patent number: 11179552
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for the treatment of edema. In one aspect a method for implanting an indwelling catheter within a vein of a patient is provided. The catheter can extend from a position upstream of at least one outflow port of a duct of the lymph system to a terminal position downstream of the at least one outflow port. In use, a first restriction can be created within the vein proximal to a distal region of the catheter. The first restriction can define a localized low pressure zone distal of the restriction and within a portion of the vein housing the catheter. The low pressure zone can be adjacent to the at least one outflow port to enable fluid to pass from the at least one lymph duct outflow port into the vein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: White Swell Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Yaacov Nitzan, Menashe Yacoby, Tanhum Feld
  • Patent number: 11179551
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for the treatment of edema. In one aspect a method for implanting an indwelling catheter within a vein of a patient is provided. The catheter can extend from a position upstream of at least one outflow port of a duct of the lymph system to a terminal position downstream of the at least one outflow port. In use, a first restriction can be created within the vein proximal to a distal region of the catheter. The first restriction can define a localized low pressure zone distal of the restriction and within a portion of the vein housing the catheter. The low pressure zone can be adjacent to the at least one outflow port to enable fluid to pass from the at least one lymph duct outflow port into the vein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: White Swell Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Yaacov Nitzan, Menashe Yacoby, Tanhum Feld
  • Patent number: 11147952
    Abstract: A medical device includes an inflatable balloon defining an interior surface and an exterior surface, and a coating including a therapeutic agent disposed on the exterior surface of the inflatable balloon. The coating has a release transition temperature within a range from about 25° C. to about 50° C. When the temperature of the coating is below the release transition temperature, the coating retains at least a portion of the therapeutic agent on the exterior of the inflatable balloon. When the temperature of the coating is above the release transition temperature, the coating releases at least a portion of the therapeutic agent from the exterior of the inflatable balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Shipley, Tony Le, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Terry Morgan
  • Patent number: 11129737
    Abstract: A locking assembly for releasably coupling a first elongate member to a second elongate member is provided. The locking assembly can include a first lumen for anchoring the locking assembly to a catheter and a second lumen for releasably retaining a guidewire to the locking assembly. A release member can interface with the locking assembly and apply a force that decouples the guidewire from the locking assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Endologix LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Chu, Rolando Lee, Craig Welk, Bryant Tran
  • Patent number: 11065141
    Abstract: The reconstrainment band includes a hollow generally tubular shaped band having proximal and distal ends and having an exterior surface for engaging a stent and an interior surface for engaging a delivery tube. The exterior surface has at least one fin projecting therefrom along the longitudinal axis of the band. The fin has at least one obtusely shaped surface relative to the longitudinal axis and facing one of the ends. The reconstrainment band is included in a delivery device for intraluminally positioning and deploying a radially distensible stent. Reconstrainment of a partially deployed stent is provided by the delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Mark D. Wood, John J. Damarati, John O. McWeeney
  • Patent number: 11033318
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating nasal airways are provided. Such devices and methods may improve airflow through an internal and/or external nasal valve, and comprise the use of mechanical re-shaping, energy application and other treatments to modify the shape, structure, and/or air flow characteristics of an internal nasal valve, an external nasal valve or other nasal airways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: AERIN MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Scott J. Wolf, Andrew Frazier
  • Patent number: 11033326
    Abstract: Technologies are described for an endoscopic duct clearing system. A cannula can be shaped to pass through an endoscope within an esophagus, into a duodenum, and through an incision in a duodenal papilla. A capture basket may be deployed from a distal end of the cannula. A hand control at the proximate end of the cannula may be operable to position the distal end of the cannula from outside the endoscope into proximity of blockage material. A suction line may be coupled from a suction source to the proximate end of the cannula. A suction control may be coupled to the suction source. The suction control may be operable to adjust a level of suction drawn by the suction source through the distal end of the cannula. The suction control may be adjusted to draw the blockage material against or into the cannula for removal from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Anthony DiTomaso
  • Patent number: 11013896
    Abstract: A device and method for dilating a Eustachian tube of a patient is disclosed. The device includes a guide catheter and a balloon dilation catheter. The balloon dilation catheter has an actuator that prevents injury to the middle ear. The balloon dilation catheter is slidably coupled with the guide catheter through the guide catheter lumen and is fully inserted into the guide catheter lumen when the distal side of the actuator is adjacent to the proximal end of the guide catheter. The method involves advancing the guide catheter and balloon dilation catheter through a nasal passage of the patient to dilate a portion of the Eustachian tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy S. Chan, Hung V. Ha, Andy Nguyen, Ketan P. Muni
  • Patent number: 11000670
    Abstract: A flexible kink-resistant introducer sheath (10). The introducer sheath includes an inner liner (31), a coil (33) and an outer tube (33). The inner liner includes a passageway (30) extending longitudinally therethrough, where a catheter (50) can be advanced through the passageway. The coil (33) has a plurality of turns positioned longitudinally and compression fitted around the inner liner (31), where the turns have a predetermined spacing therebetween. The outer tube (20) is positioned longitudinally around the coil (33) and the inner liner (31), and is connected to the inner liner through the spaces between the turns. A diameter difference between the inner liner and the catheter is in a range of about 0.0005 to about 0.004 inch (0.013 to about 0.10 mm).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: John J. Connors, III, Christopher G. Dixon, Ray Leonard, II
  • Patent number: 10994109
    Abstract: There are provided a connectable catheter system, device and methods of use thereof. The connectable catheter system, comprising: an intermediary catheter comprising an external section and a tip section, the tip section is configured to be inserted into a body of a subject; and a reconnectable indwelling stent comprising a connecting section and a target section, the target section being configured to be located within a body of the subject, wherein the connecting section of the reconnectable indwelling stent is configured to reversibly connect, within the subject body, to the tip section of the intermediary catheter to form a continuous conduit between the intermediary catheter and the reconnectable indwelling stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Urogen Pharma Ltd.
    Inventors: Gil Hakim, Yosh Dollberg, Nadav Malchi
  • Patent number: 10993755
    Abstract: An inflatable bone tamp is provided that includes a shaft with proximal and distal portions and a central longitudinal axis. A balloon is attached to the shaft such that a material can flow through the shaft and into the balloon to inflate the balloon. A flow controller controls the flow of the material through the shaft and into the balloon. Kits, systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC HOLDING COMPANY SÀRL
    Inventors: Calin Druma, Shankar Kar
  • Patent number: 10980986
    Abstract: A balloon catheter includes a shaft extending in one direction; a balloon disposed on the shaft; a first lubrication region; and a second lubrication region. The balloon in an expanded state includes a straight pipe portion; a first tapered portion disposed at a first end of the straight pipe portion in a long axis direction of the shaft; and a second tapered portion disposed at a second end of the straight pipe portion positioned opposite to the first end of the straight pipe portion in the long axis direction. Each of the first tapered portion and the second tapered portion tapers away from the straight pipe portion, and the first lubrication region extends over the straight pipe portion and the first tapered portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiya Kisa
  • Patent number: 10973566
    Abstract: Instrument and systems for applying ablative energy to epicardial tissue via a subxiphoid access surgical approach. The instrument has a head assembly sized and shaped for a subxiphoid surgical approach to a patient's heart and defines a contact face. The head assembly includes a paddle body, a first ablation electrode, and a second ablation electrode. The ablation electrodes are coupled to the paddle body in a spaced apart, spatially-fixed fashion. The ablation electrodes are exteriorly exposed at the contact face. A tubular member extends from the head assembly and maintains wiring connected to the ablation electrodes. The instrument is manipulable to locate the contact face on epicardial tissue of a patient's heart via a subxiphoid surgical approach, such as between the left and right pulmonary vein junctions of the posterior left atrium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: James Skarda, Steven Bolling, Daniel Cheek, Brian Ross, Mitchell Strain, Steve Ramberg, Thomas J Conway, Randy Thill
  • Patent number: 10974031
    Abstract: A catheter adapted to slidably receive a hollow shaft through its lumen. An expandable balloon is attached to the distal portion of the hollow shaft. A nose piece disposed at the front face of the balloon forms a connection between the balloon and the distal portion of the hollow shaft. When the balloon is expanded the nose piece does not protrude beyond the front face of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Christopher Thomas Beeckler, Joseph Thomas Keyes
  • Patent number: 10926069
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for the treatment of edema. In one aspect a method for implanting an indwelling catheter within a vein of a patient is provided. The catheter can extend from a position upstream of at least one outflow port of a duct of the lymph system to a terminal position downstream of the at least one outflow port. In use, a first restriction can be created within the vein proximal to a distal region of the catheter. The first restriction can define a localized low pressure zone distal of the restriction and within a portion of the vein housing the catheter. The low pressure zone can be adjacent to the at least one outflow port to enable fluid to pass from the at least one lymph duct outflow port into the vein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: White Swell Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Yaacov Nitzan, Menashe Yacoby, Tanhum Feld
  • Patent number: 10912873
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for reducing pressure at an outflow of a duct such as the thoracic duct or the lymphatic duct. A catheter system can include a catheter shaft configured to be at least partially implantable within a patient's vein, a flexible membrane attached to the catheter shaft, the flexible membrane being a collapsible, tube-like member having a lumen extending therethrough, and a single selectively deployable restriction member formed over a portion of the flexible membrane at substantially a midpoint between a proximal end of the flexible membrane and a distal end of the flexible membrane, the restriction member being configured to control a size of the lumen so as to direct a controlled volume of fluid from an upstream side of the restriction member to a downstream side the restriction member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: White Swell Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Yaacov Nitzan, Menashe Yacoby, Sagi Raz, Shani Chen, Or Inbar
  • Patent number: 10905852
    Abstract: A urinary catheter is disclosed, comprising a tubular shaft extending between an insertable end and a discharge end, and a tip fixedly connected to said insertable end of the tubular shaft. The tip has an outer diameter which at all places is equal to or lower than the outer diameter of the tubular shaft, and is very soft, so that the hardness of the tip is equal to or lower than 60 micro Shore A. It has been found that such a soft tip provides a catheter which is easier to insert into the urethra, in particular in urethras providing various types of obstacles. A corresponding method of manufacturing is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: DENTSPLY IH AB
    Inventors: Martin Nyman, Niklas Dahlberg
  • Patent number: 10898384
    Abstract: A dilation catheter includes a shaft and an expandable element. The shaft includes a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion includes a tip and a bend. The tip is sized and configured to pass through an isthmus of a Eustachian tube (ET). The bend is proximal to the tip. The bend is formed at an angle configured to provide insertion of the tip into the isthmus of the ET via an ear canal associated with the ET. The expandable element is disposed at the distal portion of the shaft. The expandable element is configured to transition between a non-expanded state and an expanded state. The expandable element in the non-expanded state is configured for insertion into the ET via the isthmus. The expandable element in the expanded state is configured to dilate the ET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy S. Chan, Ketan P. Muni, Hung V. Ha, Andy Nguyen, Holger Sudhoff, Sivette Lam, Marc Dean, Dennis S. Poe
  • Patent number: 10881460
    Abstract: A medical device to be inserted in a defect blood vessel, body cavity, or body duct for treatment thereof is disclosed, wherein it comprises an essentially cylindrically formed elongated resilient sheath device (2) wherein it has a distal end (3) and a proximal end (4), wherein said sheath device (2) along its circumferential surface in the axial direction is provided with a slotted opening (5) having connection with a first bore (6) arranged in the axial direction of said sheath device (2), said first bore (6) having the ability to house an elongated fiber body (7), wherein said sheath device (2) has the ability to be clamped around a major part of the perimeter of said fiber body (7), and wherein said sheath device (2) in its axial direction also is provided with a second bore (8) having the ability to house an injection means (9), as well as a kit containing said medical device, and a method for treatment of defective blood vessels, body cavities, and body ducts by use of said medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MedV ASC AB
    Inventor: Michael Åkesson
  • Patent number: 10881840
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stretchable material suitable for use in an inflatable medical device. The stretchable material has at least one reinforcing polymer layer with a top and bottom side forming a porous matrix which is imbibed with a sealing material to infiltrate and substantially seal spaces of the porous matrix and extend beyond the reinforcing polymer layer to form a surface coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex R. Hobson, Michael Houghton, David R. King, Joseph E. Korleski, Jr., Brian C. Lentz, Kenneth Newcomb, Peter J. Roeber, John Streeter
  • Patent number: 10849879
    Abstract: Pharmaceutical preparations, compositions, systems, and devices including medical devices and diagnostic or therapeutic agents, and methods to treat disease by modification of local tissue environment to modulate the therapeutic index of locally or systemically delivered therapeutic or diagnostic agents. Improved ability to reduce sympathetic nerve activity in the adventitia and perivascular tissues around arteries and veins in the body. Modulation of the local tissue environment around an artery to enable more effective denervation with or without a therapeutic agent. Modulation may include adjustment of the pH of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: MERCATOR MEDSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Kirk P. Seward
  • Patent number: 10821272
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a flexible insertion tube having a distal end for insertion into a body cavity, and first and second conduits configured to deliver first and second fluids, respectively, to the distal end. The distal end includes a first balloon coupled to the first conduit so that the first fluid inflates the first balloon and is delivered, via one or more spray ports in the first balloon, to tissue in the body cavity, a second balloon contained within the first balloon and coupled to the second conduit so that the second fluid inflates the second balloon, and multiple splines including a flexible, resilient material and extending along a longitudinal axis of the distal end, and configured to constrain the second balloon so that inflation of the second balloon creates lobes that form, along the longitudinal axis between the lobes, channels that direct the first fluid to the spray ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Kevin Justin Herrera, Assaf Govari, Andres Claudio Altmann
  • Patent number: 10813739
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a delivery catheter having a deployable dynamic valve that dynamically opens and closes in response to relative fluid pressure thereabout, particularly while in an anatomical lumen. The valve is maintained in a collapsed configuration during introduction to a treatment site. The valve is adapted to automatically move from the collapsed configuration to a deployed configuration at the treatment site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Surefire Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Chomas, Leonard Pinchuk, John Martin, Aravind Arepally, Brett E. Naglreiter, Bryan M. Pinchuk
  • Patent number: 10813680
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for assessing contact between a treatment element and an area of target tissue using resistive-type and/or capacitive-type contact sensing elements. In one embodiment, a medical system for determining tissue contact includes an elongate body including a distal portion and a proximal portion and a treatment element coupled to the elongate body distal portion. The treatment element may have a first expandable element, a second expandable element, the first expandable element being within the second expandable element, and at least one contact sensing element between the first and second expandable elements. In one example, the device may include a plurality of contact sensing elements arranged in a matrix or in a plurality of linear configurations. In another example, the device may include a layer of conductive microparticles or a contact-sensing film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic CryoCath LP
    Inventor: Nicolas Coulombe