Having Means Inflated In Body (e.g., Inflatable Nozzle, Dilator, Balloon Catheter, Occluder, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/96.01)
  • Patent number: 10022535
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for implanting and securing an implanted medical device in a recipient. The implantable medical device of the generally includes an electrode assembly that comprises an elongate carrier member having at least one stimulating electrode positioned thereon. The carrier member further has a fixation structure positioned thereon configured to interact with a portion of the rigid structure to longitudinally secure the carrier member in the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Peter Gibson
  • Patent number: 9993626
    Abstract: A medical balloon includes an outer layer and an inner layer. The outer layer has a surface texture or formation such as a scoring element. The inner layer is made of a reflow material which during production of the balloon from a raw tubing will soften and flow into internal recesses in the outer layer, thereby filling these recesses and providing support to the outer layer formations so as to avoid flattening of these formations during use of the balloon. The balloon can be manufactured in a single formation step from a raw tubing having the outer and inner reflow layer coextruded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Lysgaard
  • Patent number: 9901670
    Abstract: A device for irrigation and/or insufflation during endoscopic surgery/procedures in a body cavity, comprising a first fluid pump device to deliver fluid to the body cavity, a second fluid pump device to move fluid from the body cavity, a control unit connected to the first and/or second fluid pump device, a blood pressure measuring device, wherein the control unit derives a control signal based on a signal from the blood pressure measuring device, and sends the control signal to the first fluid and/or second fluid pump device, wherein the control signal is derived by processing the signal from the blood pressure measuring device using a correlation factor in the device, dependent on the relationship between a blood pressure measurement signal, and a perfusion pressure of the body cavity, wherein the first and/or second fluid pump device controls the pressure in the body cavity based on the control unit's control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: BONVISI AB
    Inventor: Anders Möllstam
  • Patent number: 9889031
    Abstract: A method of bariatric embolization includes deploying an intravascular pressure modulating device at a target location, operating the pressure modulating device to reduce pressure within the fundus, and infusing an embolizing agent into the fundus. Use of the pressure modulating device prevents delivery of the embolizing agent into proximal and distal non-target vessels. The method takes advantage of unique flow and pressure dynamics of the arterial vessels in the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Surefire Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Arepally, James E. Chomas
  • Patent number: 9889279
    Abstract: Devices for the isolation of a selected portion of a vessel are described. In some embodiments, the device has an introducer sheath and a sealing catheter that are movable relative to each other to create an isolated volume with adjustable size and location. The methods for the treatment of vascular aneurysms using the devices are described. The treatment is achieved through the delivery of an effective amount of stabilization agent to an isolated volume that encompass the aneurysm. The device optionally has an aspiration device to improve the effectives of the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nectero Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew F. Ogle, Jason C. Isenburg
  • Patent number: 9883856
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the treatment of perforator veins for venous insufficiency are described. The systems can include a catheter assembly comprising a proximal hub, a spin lock on the proximal hub, a elongate body overmolded to the proximal hub, and a distal end, the catheter, the elongate body configured to be placed within a perforator vein; an extension tubing having a proximal female hub, a distal male hub, and an elongate body therebetween, the distal male hub having a spin lock thereon, the distal male hub configured to be attached to the proximal hub of the catheter assembly; a syringe filled with a volume of media including cyanoacrylate; and an injector configured to automatically dispense a bolus of the media sufficient to coapt the perforator vein from the syringe upon actuation of a control on the injector. Methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Monte Madsen, Robert Lichty, II, Bruce Choi
  • Patent number: 9883886
    Abstract: An atherectomy system for removing a stenotic lesion from within a vessel of a patient is disclosed. The system comprising an atherectomy device for reducing the lesion and a separate elongate drainage catheter for evacuating from the treated vessel embolic particles released into the vessel from the stenotic lesion during its reduction by the atherectomy device during an atherectomy procedure. The atherectomy device and the separate elongate drainage catheter are each configured for introduction into the patient's vasculature though separate openings in at least one peripheral artery of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cardio Flow, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonid Shturman
  • Patent number: 9861796
    Abstract: The present invention is a production method for an expansion balloon (2) for use in a balloon catheter (1), including the steps of; forming a balloon tube (8) by extrusion molding so as to have a cross section orthogonal to an axial direction with the shape of a circle on the outside and the shape of a polygon having a circumcircle on the inside; and placing the balloon tube (8) in a mold to perform biaxially-stretched blow molding to obtain the balloon, whereby it is possible to produce the expansion balloon (2) that has no unevenness in film thickness of a straight pipe part (4) and allows stable folding control by simple processes with favorable molding yields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Shintaro Osumi, Yoichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9855080
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating conditions and diseases of the spine are disclosed herein. A device includes a balloon catheter comprising at least one inner lumen incorporated within an elongated shaft; a distal end having an inner balloon positioned inside and completely surrounded by an outer balloon; and a proximal end having an adapter for passage of at least one of an inflation fluid or a medical instrument; and an optical fiber comprising an outer diameter sized to pass through the inner lumen of the elongated shaft; a nonlinear light-emitting portion of a given length, wherein a portion of a cladding material from the nonlinear light-emitting portion has been removed so that light energy may be emitted along the length of the nonlinear light-emitting portion; and a linear elongated portion for guiding light towards the nonlinear light-emitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: IlluminOss Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rabiner, Gene P. DiPoto
  • Patent number: 9855046
    Abstract: An extra-luminal ring (1200) includes a structural member (1202), which assumes a first elongate hollow shape (1206) when in a relaxed state; when deformed to a planar state (1208), generally defines a planar shape (1209) having two first sides (1220A, 1220B) parallel to each other, and two second sides (1222A, 1222B) parallel to each other; and when in the relaxed state, is configured such that the two first sides (1220A, 1220B) are generally straight and parallel with each other, and the two second sides (1222A, 1222B) are curved at least partially around a first longitudinal axis (1230) defined by the first elongate hollow shape (1206).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ENDOSPAN LTD.
    Inventor: Alon Shalev
  • Patent number: 9827405
    Abstract: An ingestible gastric volume reduction device (100) is provided that is controllably adjustable between an expanded state and a contracted state. A control subsystem within the device is able to selectively transition the device between both states. Such control can be by way of a biological or chemical sensor (102) in the device, a wireless (RF) receiver (104), or timer. Thus activation of the device whether to expand and fill a gastric volume or to contract to open up the gastric volume may be achieved from internal control (within device) or external control (to the device). The device may be used for patient treatment, by administering the device (e.g., through ingestion) to a gastric region and then controllably increasing and/or decreasing the volume of the device during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Elif A. Oral, Hakan Oral
  • Patent number: 9827402
    Abstract: A non-compliant medical balloon may be changed from a deflated state to an inflated state by increasing pressure within the balloon. The non-compliant medical balloon is composed of a woven fabric layer composed of at least two woven fabric fibers forming an angle. The angle remains substantially unchanged when the balloon changes from a deflated state to an inflated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Kelli Hayes, Lanny R. Pepper, William F. Davies, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9814823
    Abstract: A recovery device assembly comprises an actuator element and a mechanically radially expandable and contractible recovery device operably connected to the actuator element is provided. The recovery device has proximal and distal toroidal balloon blocking elements and a central portion between the blocking elements. The recovery device is at least partially placeable in a first, radially collapsed configuration and in a second, radially expanded configuration by manipulation of the actuator element. When in the second, radially expanded configuration, the proximal and distal blocking elements have radial dimensions greater than the radial dimension of the central portion thereby at least partially defining a collection chamber at the central portion. Also provided are methods of isolating an organ and recovering blood from an organ that use the recovery device assembly provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nfusion Vascular Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Eustis Fulton, Richard Lotti
  • Patent number: 9770319
    Abstract: An endovascular microvalve device for use in a vessel during a therapy procedure includes an outer catheter, an inner catheter displaceable within the outer catheter, and a filter valve coupled to the distal ends of the inner and outer catheters. The valve is constructed of a braid of elongate first filaments coupled together at their proximal ends in a manner that the first filaments are movable relative to each other along their lengths. A filter is provided to the braid formed by electrostatically depositing or spinning polymeric second filaments onto the braided first filaments. The lumen of the inner catheter delivers a therapeutic agent beyond the valve. The device is used to provide a therapy in which a therapeutic agent is infused into an organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Bryan Pinchuk, David Benjamin Jaroch, James E. Chomas, Aravind Arepally
  • Patent number: 9770258
    Abstract: Described here are devices and components for use in performing an atherectomy. Generally, the atherectomy devices may have a handle, a cutter assembly, and a catheter or catheter assembly therebetween. The cutter assembly may include a housing and a cutter comprising a proximal cutter and a distal cutter, each of which may be rotated relative to the atherectomy device to cut occlusive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: ATHEROMED, INC.
    Inventors: Torrey Smith, Paul Quentin Escudero, Douglas E. Rowe, August Christopher Pombo
  • Patent number: 9717484
    Abstract: The present invention utilizes tetherless microtools to biopsy tissue. The invention provides a device and method for deployment and retrieval of tetherless microtools. The size of the microtools ensures that tissue damage at a site targeted for biopsy is negligible. As such, large numbers of microtools may be deployed ensuring that a true statistical sampling of biologic tissue is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Anthony N. Kalloo, David H. Gracias, Florin M. Selaru, Evin Gultepe, Mouen A. Khashab
  • Patent number: 9713657
    Abstract: A catheter balloon exhibiting improved pressure resistance of the entire membrane is formed of a membrane as a laminate of at least two layers including a polyamide elastomer layer and a polyamide layer, in which the polyamide elastomer layer is disposed at the inner side of the polyamide layer, a refractive index nr1 in the circumferential direction of a cross-section perpendicular to the axis in the inner side surface of the polyamide layer is greater than a refractive index nr2 in the circumferential direction of a cross-section perpendicular to the axis in the inner side surface of the polyamide elastomer layer, and the difference between the refractive index nr1 and the refractive index nr2 is 0.01 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Yotaro Fujita, Makoto Onishi, Naoyuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 9687375
    Abstract: A minimally invasive system and method for providing weight loss by inducing the feeling of satiety whereby an intragastric device is inserted into the gastric lumen via the esophagus and an external magnetic device is used as needed to magnetically attract the intragastric device towards the inner wall of the stomach and impart tactile stimulation sufficient to induce the feeling of satiety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Shahriar Sedghi
  • Patent number: 9675412
    Abstract: Systems, delivery devices, and methods to treat to ablate, damage, or otherwise affect tissue. The treatment systems are capable of delivering a coolable ablation assembly that ablates targeted tissue without damaging non-targeted tissue. The coolable ablation assembly damages nerve tissue to temporarily or permanently decrease nervous system input. The coolable ablation assembly delivers energy through an inner surface of an airway to damage a target region of tissue such that the damaged target region has a maximum cross-sectional width radially separated from the inner surface of the airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Holaira, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin L. Mayse, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Patent number: 9675237
    Abstract: To perform pelvic surgery, a directionally illuminating balloon catheter enters a bladder. The catheter has a multi-lumen shaft. The balloon defines an interior fluidically connected to a balloon inflation lumen and is inflated therethrough. The balloon comprises a light source, a light-radiating surface adjacent the shaft-balloon junction, and a substantially opaque surface disposed at a portion of the balloon other than the light-radiating surface such that the integrated light source illuminates a distal half of the environment outside the balloon. The balloon is inflated while in the bladder. Light from the light source is directed out through the light-radiating surface to illuminate at least a portion of a procedure area opposite the bladder-prostate junction. With the light illuminating the portion of the procedure area, at least a portion of a pelvic surgery is performed at the portion of the procedure area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Mayser, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Kalser, Gregory L. Mayback
  • Patent number: 9675409
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for positioning and stabilizing an external instrument during insertion of the instrument through the oral cavity (e.g., insertion of a catheter through the oral cavity and into the esophagus or cardia for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)). The systems and methods provide a gripping tool for association with a bite block, capable of selectively moving between an open position in which the instrument may be inserted or removed, and a closed position in which the external instrument is held in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Mederi Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott West, David S. Utley, John W. Gaiser
  • Patent number: 9662236
    Abstract: A stent delivery system wherein, in a gap between an inner tube body and an outer tube body, a sealing member is arranged on the proximal side relative to a distal opening of a lumen, which extends from the proximal end of the inner tube body, and a guide wire leading-out hole. The inner circumferential surface of the sealing member is fixed to the outer circumferential surface of a first proximal tube of the inner tube body, and the outer circumferential surface of the sealing member is in sliding contact with the inner circumferential surface of a second proximal tube of the outer tube body. When blood or the like enters into the stent delivery system via the distal ends of the inner tube body and the outer tube body, progress of the blood or the like toward an operating unit side is inhibited by the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Yuki Masubuchi
  • Patent number: 9655991
    Abstract: Dermal filler hydrogel compositions, methods of making them, and methods of using them to treat soft tissue conditions, such as wrinkles, are provided. The compositions contain a crosslinked hyaluronic acid-based polymer and one or more additional ingredients, and are stable to sterilization by heat and/or pressure treatment. The additional ingredients include vasoconstrictive agents, antioxidant agents, such as a ascorbic acid agents, and/or anesthetic agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Allergan Industrie, S.A.S.
    Inventors: Cecile Gousse, Pierre F. Lebreton, Nicolas Prost, Sumit Paliwal, Dennis Van Epps
  • Patent number: 9649159
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an eccentric balloon catheter are disclosed. In some embodiments, an eccentric balloon catheter includes an eccentrically positioned guidewire tube, with an interior lumen, that extends at least a portion of the length of the catheter body. Optical fibers may extend the length of the catheter body and may also be eccentrically positioned within the catheter body. An inflatable balloon may be positioned within a window within the catheter body near the distal end of the catheter. When inflated, the balloon and catheter may slide relative to one another. When used within a vessel, an inflated balloon may press against a vessel wall and bias the catheter toward an opposite vessel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: The Spectranetics Corporation
    Inventor: Jacob Keeler
  • Patent number: 9636171
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for endometrial ablation. In accordance with a method, a working end of an RF ablation device is positioned in a patient uterus to contact endometrial tissue, the working end comprising a dielectric wall capable of non-expanded and expanded shapes. An indicator mechanism is operatively coupled to the wall and configured to indicate non-expanded and expanded shapes of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Minerva Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Akos Toth, Ronald Hundertmark
  • Patent number: 9636139
    Abstract: A deployment mechanism of a tissue-removing catheter includes a socket member received in a catheter body that is capable of moving longitudinally therein, and a ball member extending distally from the distal end portion of the cutting element and operatively connected to the socket member. The ball member is constrained axially relative to the socket member and is capable of pivoting relative to the socket member for allowing pivoting of the cutting element relative to the socket when the cutting element is moved from a retracted position to a cutting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Fruland, John Pedersen, Scott Petersen, Robert Van Pelt, Thomas McPeak
  • Patent number: 9616228
    Abstract: Renal function may be modulated by an implantable device having one or more leads or catheters disposed near the kidney via the lymphatic system. In one embodiment, lymphatic drainage from the kidney is modulated to increase or decrease tubular reabsorption of salt and water. The renal function modulation therapy may be delivered in an open-loop or closed-loop fashion, with the latter dependent upon a physiological variable such as blood pressure or cardiac output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan C. Shuros, M. Jason Brooke, Tasneem Poonawala
  • Patent number: 9603659
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for performing ablation therapy on body tissue are disclosed. An example ablation device for treating body tissue includes an ionically conductive balloon and a radio-frequency electrode that delivers RF energy into a distal section of the balloon. The balloon can have a composite structure with a non-conductive section and a conductive section. A method for fabricating a semi-permeable ablation balloon using ionizing radiation and an etching process is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed Inc.
    Inventors: Raj Subramaniam, Josef V. Koblish, Zaya Tun, Guy R. Harvey, Minhchau N. Cao, Kurt D. Sparks
  • Patent number: 9597179
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described, including a method for treating a paranasal sinus of a subject. The method includes forming an artificial hole in a wall of the paranasal sinus, and, via the artificial hole, opening a natural ostium of the paranasal sinus. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Yossi Gross, Hadar Better, Gideon Fostick, Ilan Uchitel
  • Patent number: 9592037
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems are described for treating venous insufficiency in which the vein is compressed at least partially along a treatment zone. A system can be provided including an injection device, such as a glue gun, that is operably connected to a delivery catheter that can be advanced across a treatment zone in the vein. The delivery catheter can be used to deliver one, two, or more boluses of media (e.g., cyanoacrylate) to occlude the vein along different spaced-apart sections of the treatment zone. External compression can also be applied to the vein by a compression element, such as a hand or multifunctional ultrasound transducer, to occlude portions of the vein along the treatment zone prior to or during the introduction of the boluses of media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Rodney D. Raabe, Jack Chu, Don Crawford, Jan R. Lau, Zhenyu Zuo
  • Patent number: 9585781
    Abstract: A stent delivery catheter including a catheter tubing defining a lumen therethrough, a balloon disposed near a distal end of the catheter tubing and moving between deflated and inflated states, and proximal and distal balloon control bands concentrically arranged around respective proximal and distal end portions of the balloon. The proximal balloon control band has a proximal end located proximally of a proximal end of the balloon and a distal end located adjacent a proximal end of a received unexpanded stent. The distal balloon control band has a proximal end located adjacent a distal end of the received unexpanded stent and a distal end located distally of a distal end of the balloon. The balloon control bands each have a diametric cross-section larger than the balloon in an uninflated state and the unexpanded stent received over the balloon to impede axial movement of the unexpanded stent off of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Svelte Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Fischell, David R. Fischell, Fernando DiCaprio
  • Patent number: 9555218
    Abstract: A medical device is disclosed. The medical device may include an elongate member having a proximal end and a distal end an expandable end effector assembly extending distally from the distal end of the elongate member. The end effector assembly may include a plurality of end effector units each having an injector for simultaneously delivering material into tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra Nagale, David Borzelleca, Michael F. Weiser
  • Patent number: 9517185
    Abstract: The feeding tube system includes an elongated shaft having a proximal portion, an opposing distal portion, and a central opening or lumen extending therethrough. The proximal portion is configured to remain outside a patient's body cavity and includes a first opening through which fluids can be introduced into the lumen. The distal portion is configured for disposing within a patient's body cavity and includes a second opening for discharging fluids from the lumen into the patient's body cavity. An interior retention balloon is provided at the distal portion of the elongated shaft. An external base positioned at the proximal portion of the feeding tube can include at least one exterior base balloon extending therefrom. The interior retention balloon and the at least one exterior base balloon are inflatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Ayman Al-Jazaeri
  • Patent number: 9492297
    Abstract: An expandable medical balloon useful for treatment at a vessel bifurcation, the balloon having at least one expanded state, the balloon having at least one inner layer and at least one outer layer, the outer layer having at least one cavity therein through which the inner layer protrudes when the balloon is in its at least one expanded state, and methods of making and using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Stefan M. Pallazza
  • Patent number: 9403598
    Abstract: A system and method for inflating an inflatable device is disclosed. The system includes an inflation cylinder configured to hold a gas mixture under pressure, a heating element configured to selectively heat the gas mixture and a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the gas mixture. A control module is coupled to the heating element and the temperature sensor. The the control module controls heating of the gas mixture based on the measured temperature, a mass of the gas mixture and a volume of the inflation cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Jayant V. Deshpande, Wilfred Ray McBurnett, III
  • Patent number: 9387030
    Abstract: A bone filling device includes a catheter that defines a longitudinal axis and extends between a proximal end and a distal end. A first lumen extends along the longitudinal axis of the catheter and defines a first passageway. A second lumen extends along the longitudinal axis of the catheter and defines a second passageway. An inflatable body includes a wall that defines a fillable cavity. The fillable cavity is in fluid communication with the first passageway. A bone filler delivery port is continuous with the second passageway and is configured to dispense bone filling material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: KYPHON SÀRL
    Inventor: Craig E. Lauchner
  • Patent number: 9375335
    Abstract: Catheter for delivery of a medical device such as a stent or filter includes an inner tubular member and an outer tubular member movable relative to the inner tubular member. The outer tubular member is disposed at the distal end of the inner tubular member. The inner tubular member includes a fluid lumen defined therein, the fluid lumen having a fluid flow port directed to the exterior surface of the inner tubular member. A pressure chamber is defined by the inner tubular member, the outer tubular member, a proximal seal and a distal seal, and is in fluid communication with the fluid flow port, wherein fluid introduced through the fluid flow port and into the pressure chamber applies a force on the proximal seal to move the outer tubular member in a proximal direction allowing the medical device constrained by the outer tubular member to be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Bialas, John E. Papp, John Simpson, Wouter Erik Roorda, Matt Gillick, Michael L. Green, David P. Strauss, Duane M. DeMore, Robert P. Barbier, Marc Gianotti
  • Patent number: 9345499
    Abstract: A catheter is provided for retrieving an embolus or foreign body from a body lumen. The catheter can have a distal segment which is movable from a reduced outside diameter for positioning at a target site. Further, the catheter can have an enlarged outside diameter suitable for thrombectomy or foreign body retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Brian Michael Strauss
  • Patent number: 9326775
    Abstract: A system for obesity control includes a sheath and a plurality of medical devices. The sheath has a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending therebetween. The medical devices are disposed within the lumen. Each medical device includes a shell defining a cavity, the shell being movable between a deformed state and an unstressed state; a magnet disposed within the cavity; and a filler material disposed within the cavity. The filler material conforms to a shape of the shell when the shell is in the unstressed state. The filler material changes state to maintain a shape of the shell in the deformed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Jan Weber
  • Patent number: 9295817
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and devices for selectively applying fluids (particularly anesthetics) to a target tissue from within a blood vessel while minimizing the amount of fluid applied to non-target tissue. The injection catheters described herein may include an elongate body, a directional injector, and one or more holdfasts for securing the catheter before extending the injector. The methods of selectively applying anesthetic to a target structure generally include the steps of inserting an injection catheter into a body vessel, positioning the injection catheter within the body vessel near the target structure, anchoring the injection catheter before extending a directional injector from the injection catheter, and applying anesthetic from the injection catheter to the target structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Silk Road Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Chang
  • Patent number: 9289582
    Abstract: A method for use with a balloon catheter device that includes a selectively bendable portion with a balloon disposed thereon, a control device for controlling bending of the selectively bendable portion, and a camera located at an end of a distal portion, includes inserting the distal portion into the nostril while the distal portion is straight; viewing an image provided by the camera; stopping insertion of the distal portion after the ethmoidal bulla is viewed in the image; articulating the distal portion in an upward direction to view the opening to the frontal sinus ostium or a downward direction to view the opening to the maxillary sinus ostium using the control device; inserting the distal portion into the frontal sinus ostium or the maxillary sinus ostium while the distal portion remains in the bent position; and inflating the balloon in the frontal sinus ostium or the maxillary sinus ostium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Satoru Suehara
  • Patent number: 9242081
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a balloon catheter is provided for use during annuloplasty. Preferably, the balloon includes a distal, noncompliant portion and a proximal semi-compliant portion which allows for sequential inflation, reliable positioning, and compliance measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: InterValve, Inc.
    Inventors: William Drasler, Wesley Pedersen, Mark Ungs
  • Patent number: 9233234
    Abstract: A balloon catheter capable of delivering torque and pushing through obstructions includes a relatively weak balloon segment of a catheter and rotatable asymmetric tip. A reinforcement sleeve increases column strength and torque transmission to push the balloon and rotate the tip to facilitate passage through said obstructions. The tip is preferably asymmetric around its axis, usually being beveled, and the reinforcement slide includes a slide lock mechanism which increases shaft flexibility after balloon deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventors: Eitan Konstantino, Jayson De Los Santos, Tanhum Feld
  • Patent number: 9205223
    Abstract: Balloon catheter comprises an elongated shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the elongated shaft including a biaxially oriented nonporous thermoplastic polymer tubular member having a Shore durometer hardness of less than about 75D with an inflation lumen defined therein. The balloon catheter also comprises a balloon sealing secured proximate the distal end of the shaft and having an interior in fluid communication with the inflation lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce M. Wilson, Jonathan P. Durcan, John A. Simpson
  • Patent number: 9192405
    Abstract: A rotational atherectomy device for removing a stenotic tissue from a vessel of a patient is disclosed. The device comprises a rotatable, flexible, hollow drive shaft having a fluid impermeable wall defining a fluid impermeable lumen of the drive shaft and, an abrasive element mounted to a distal end portion of the drive shaft proximal to and spaced away from a distal support element formed at a distal end of the drive shaft, the distal support element being inflatable by pressurized fluid which flows in an antegrade direction through said lumen of the drive shaft and is at least partially re-directed into the distal fluid inflatable support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cardio Flow, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonid Shturman
  • Patent number: 9186484
    Abstract: Various methods and devices for inserting a guidewire into the body are provided. In one embodiment, a guidewire insertion device is provided and includes and outer sheath having an outer surface and an inner lumen extending therethrough, and a dilator having an inner lumen extending therethrough and having a length greater than a length of the outer sheath. A guidewire can be configured to extend through the inner lumen of the dilator such that the guidewire is removably and replaceably disposable within the dilator and coupled thereto. A locking mechanism can be effective to selectively configure the guidewire between a locked position in which the guidewire is stationary relative to the dilator and an unlocked position in which the guidewire is movable relative to the dilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Henri Defossez, Frank Spratt
  • Patent number: 9186174
    Abstract: The invention presents methods and systems for accessing a pericardial space and preventing strokes arising from a left atrial appendage (“LAA”) by achieving a complete occlusion of the LAA using an epicardial approach without creating a puckering of the LAA ostium. A complete occlusion of the LAA is desired because bleeding arising from the LAA often leads to embolic strokes. Due to the peculiar anatomy of the LAA ostium, traditional LAA ligation techniques using sutures can lead to puckering, thus compromising the occlusion of the LAA. The invention achieves a complete occlusion and a more effective hemostatic seal with the use of inflatable balloons having electromagnetic coils internally, as well as hydrogels, sponges, and caliber tubes attached to the respective balloon's exterior, anchoring balloons, a closure device having a suture looped through two semi-rigid hollow tube that can be coated with hydrogel or silicone, and locking mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Subramaniam Chitoor Krishnan
  • Patent number: 9174025
    Abstract: Methods and devices for preventing fluid flow through the relatively short guidewire lumen of a rapid exchange catheter. The guidewire lumen for a rapid exchange catheter is provided with a narrowed or sealed section allowing for passage of a guidewire therethrough while preventing fluid flow while a guidewire is disposed therethrough. The narrowed or sealed section extends for a relatively short length of the guidewire lumen to avoid creating excessive friction between the guidewire and the guidewire lumen. In several embodiments the narrowed or sealed section is placed proximal of the distal end of the guidewire lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Mallaby
  • Patent number: 9174030
    Abstract: Balloon catheters, and methods of treatment therewith, are provided including an inflatable first balloon at least partially enclosed by an expandable second balloon that has holes. The annular space between the first balloon and the second balloon is configured to promote delivery of the fluid evenly through holes in the second balloon to avoid problems of underloading and/or overloading. Preferably, the annular space is in communication with the holes, and the annular space is configured to receive and then to release and distribute the fluid via the holes in a substantially uniform manner such that even amounts of fluid are released in the distal and proximal holes. The first balloon may have various configurations including being tapered relative to the second balloon. The second balloon may also be tapered accordingly. The device may also include raised portions disposed in the annular space and configured to define channels having various configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Scott E. Boatman
  • Patent number: 9168361
    Abstract: A catheter capable of rapid inflation and deflation and operation by one individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Ehrenreich, Jesus Magana, Paul Consigny