Electrode Guide Means Patents (Class 606/129)
  • Patent number: 10773089
    Abstract: Delivery devices, systems, and methods for delivering implantable leadless pacing devices are disclosed. An example delivery device may include an intermediate tubular member and an inner tubular member slidably disposed within a lumen of the intermediate tubular member. A distal holding section may extend distally of a distal end of the intermediate tubular member and define a cavity therein for receiving an implantable leadless pacing device. The device may be configured to enable fluid flushing of the delivery device prior to use, to remove any air from within the device as well as providing the option of fluid flow during use of the delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Soltis, Benjamin J. Haasl, James P. Goodman, Vincent P. Hackenmueller
  • Patent number: 10750936
    Abstract: A pericardial-cavity observing method including: a step of inserting an endoscope sheath and an endoscope into a space between the heart and the pericardium; a step of disposing a protruding portion closer to the pericardium than an optical member is so that an angle that is formed between a centerline that passes through a center of the protruding portion and a center of the optical member and a tangent of the pericardium that passes through a foot of a perpendicular line drawn, from the center of the optical member of the endoscope, to the pericardium sagging down from the protruding portion toward the heart becomes greater than an angle formed between the centerline and an external common tangent of the protruding portion and the optical member; and a step of observing the heart by means of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiro Okazaki, Naoya Sugimoto, Kazutoshi Kumagai, Shunji Takei, Yusuke Nomura
  • Patent number: 10751529
    Abstract: Methods and devices for separating an implanted object, such as a pacemaker lead, from tissue surrounding such object in a patient's vasculature system. Specifically, the surgical device includes a handle, an elongate inner sheath and a circular cutting blade that extends from the distal end of the sheath upon actuating the handle. The circular cutting blade is configured to engage the tissue surrounding an implanted lead and cut such tissue in a coring fashion as the surgical device translates along the length of the lead, thereby allowing the lead, as well as any tissue remaining attached to the lead, to enter the device's elongate shaft. The surgical device has a barrel cam cylinder in the handle assembly that imparts rotation of the blade and a separate cam mechanism in the tip of outer sheath assembly that imparts and controls the extension and retraction of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SPECTRANETICS LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Grace, Weston H. Lee, Brian E. Kagarise, Robert L. Carver
  • Patent number: 10751526
    Abstract: Methods and kits for subcutaneous defibrillator implantation. In various examples, two introducer tools each having a sheath are used during an implantation procedure to obviate the need for pulling a lead using a suture. The elimination of the suture-based pulling steps may reduce procedure time. A kit having two introducer tool and corresponding sheaths is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventor: G. Shantanu Reddy
  • Patent number: 10722684
    Abstract: Catheter and implantable leadless pacing devices, systems, and methods utilizing catheters and implantable leadless pacing devices are disclosed. An example catheter system may include a holding structure extending distally from a tubular member. An implantable device, such as a leadless pacing device, may be located within a cavity of the holding structure. The holding structure may include one or more electrical ports adjacent the proximal end of the holding structure and adjacent or proximal of the proximal end of the implantable device. The electrical ports may provide a conductive pathway extending through the distal structure to allow electrical signals to pass through the distal structure to and/or from the implantable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Soltis, Brendan E. Koop, Benjamin J. Haasl, Kurt G. Koubal, James P. Goodman, Vincent P. Hackenmueller
  • Patent number: 10639066
    Abstract: A system for controlling displacement of an intervention device having an end for inserting in a patient body, including a base in a fixed position relative to the patient. A first portion has an arc member and is pivotally mounted on the base around a first axis (A1). A second portion includes a support member and a carrier member. The support member partially rotates around a second axis (A2). A third portion includes a holding member, and a sliding member mounted on the support member along a translation axis (AT). The holding member is arranged so that translation of the sliding member causes the intervention device to translate along a third axis (A3). The third axis (A3) is parallel to and offset from the translation axis (AT). When the carrier member is positioned halfway of the arc member, the first (A1), second (A2) and third (A3) axes are orthogonal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: US Patent Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Clement Vidal, Berengere Bardou
  • Patent number: 10617402
    Abstract: Methods and tool kits for implanting a lead subcutaneously. Examples include tool kits and methods for establishing first and second subcutaneous tunnels at an angle relative to one another to facilitate introduction of a lead to the subcutaneous space. In an example, a first insertion tool is used to establish a first subcutaneous tunnel, and a second insertion tool, with or without the use of a blunt dissector, sheath, guidewire, or steering mechanism, is used to initiate or form the second subcutaneous tunnel. Such methods and tool kits may reduce the number of incisions needed to implant a subcutaneous lead along a subcutaneous path having a curve therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: CAMERON HEALTH, INC.
    Inventors: G. Shantanu Reddy, Bruce A. Tockman
  • Patent number: 10623861
    Abstract: A wearable device including a body having one or more embedded electronic components, the body further including a thermoset material having a polymeric backbone with at least one urethane linkage and a glass transition temperature. At a first temperature that is lower than the glass transition temperature, the body has an original shape. When the body is heated to a second temperature that is higher than the glass transition temperature, the body is deformable from the original shape to a first shape and when the body is cooled to a third temperature that is lower than the glass transition temperature, the first shape is maintained. The body is further configured to transition from the first shape to the original shape when the body is heated from the third temperature to a fourth temperature that is higher than the glass transition temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Shawn Prevoir, Kai Gao
  • Patent number: 10603486
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating implantable cuff electrodes for contacting or at least partially surrounding internal body tissue such as, e.g., nerves, smooth muscles, striated muscles, arteries, veins, ligamental tissues, connective tissues, cartilage tissues, bones, or other similar body tissues, structures and organs are disclosed. An example method includes preparing a substrate including an implantable cuff electrode shape, applying a mold material to the substrate, curing the mold material to form a mold, releasing the mold from the substrate, inserting at least one conductor into the mold that penetrates through the channel of the mold, pressing a formable material into the channel of the mold to form a body of an implantable cuff electrode about the at least one conductor, curing the body of the implantable cuff electrode, and releasing the body of the implantable cuff electrode from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GALVANI BIOELECTRONICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Dwight Sherod Walker, Daniel John Chew
  • Patent number: 10576269
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation lead includes a lead body having a distal end portion, a proximal end portion, and a longitudinal length; terminals disposed along the proximal end portion of the lead body; electrodes disposed along the distal end portion of the lead body; and conductors extending along the lead body and electrically coupling the terminals to the electrodes. The lead body includes an intermediate portion disposed between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion. The intermediate portion includes at least one separation element that extends longitudinally along the intermediate portion and the intermediate portion is deployable from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration responsive to operation of the at least one separation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: G. Karl Steinke, Michael X. Govea
  • Patent number: 10532205
    Abstract: A lead fixation accessory configured to be positioned over a skull hole and to transition between an opened state and a closed state during a lead implant procedure protects against lead migration by providing a mechanism for securing the lead in place at the skull hole while a stylet is removed from the lead. The lead fixation accessory remains in place after the implant procedure to provide chronic lead stability. A lead stabilization tool configured to access and grip a lead through a slotted cannula during the lead implant procedure also protects against lead migration by providing a mechanism for securing the lead in place at a point where the lead exits the skull hole while the slotted cannula is removed from the skull hole and peeled away from the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: NeuroPace, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob A. Mandell, Emily A. Mirro
  • Patent number: 10525262
    Abstract: The present invention includes devices and methods for lead, conduit or other medical fixture placement in tissues or organs. The device is configured to permit the placement foot, such as a suction foot, to articulate to a desired position with respect to the target tissue, while the lead, conduit or other medical fixture is releasably attached to the placement foot to permit it to be released from the placement foot after stabilization on the target tissue site. In a preferred embodiment, the invention features an articulating dual suction foot device, an inner lead conduit or guide and foot contained within an outer lead conduit or guide and foot, with the inner conduit or guide configured to extend from the outer conduit or guide, and to be further articulated once extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Subhajit Datta
  • Patent number: 10492882
    Abstract: Stereotactic systems and implantation methods that can be designed for use with a specific species and further customized for use with an individual within the species are provided. The stereotactic system can include an implant jig that can model a tissue or organ in which a target tissue area is located. A neurocap can be coupled to the implant jig for pre-planning and pre-placement of implants. A stencil can be used to determine the location for placement of the neurocap on the individual, so that the implants can be precisely targeted at the desired location. Pre-surgical information and data can be obtained from an individual and used to customize components of a stereotactic system, which can improve accuracy of implant placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: The Florida International University Board of Trustees, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Timothy Allen, Bruce McNaughton, Meifung Su, Leila Mangan Allen
  • Patent number: 10463411
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical retaining instrument for bone plates. The retaining instrument comprises a carrying element and two plate retaining jaws arranged on the carrying element. The mutual distance of the plate retaining jaws can be changed in order to pick up or release a bone plate. Furthermore, an actuating device is provided, which has two arms, which can be moved relative to each other and which are designed to change the mutual distance of the plate retaining jaws. The carrying element is rotatably mounted relative to the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Knoepfle, Karl Greiner, Manfred Schmuck, Uwe Koerner, Markus Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10449353
    Abstract: An implantable medical electrical lead includes an electrode assembly in which an electrical junction between a first conductor and an inner surface of a first electrode of the assembly is wedged within a first channel of at least one core member of the assembly, around which the first electrode extends. The at least one core member is formed from an insulating material, and the first channel may be one of a plurality of longitudinally extending channels arrayed around a circumference of a central lumen of the assembly, which is defined by the at least one core member. The first conductor extends along a length of the assembly, for example, defined between the first electrode and a second electrode thereof, in a helical path that travels around the central lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Bret R. Shoberg, Gregory A. Boser, Michael T. Hegland, Robert L. Olson, Dale F. Seeley, Jacob W. Silverberg, Suraj Rama
  • Patent number: 10420932
    Abstract: An implantable leadless cardiac pacing device and associated retrieval features. The implantable device includes a docking member extending from the proximal end of the housing of the implantable device including a covering surrounding at least a portion of the docking member configured to facilitate retrieval of the implantable leadless cardiac pacing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian L. Schmidt, Benjamin J. Haasl, John M. Edgell, Dana Sachs
  • Patent number: 10391321
    Abstract: A method of evaluating an implantation of a lead is disclosed. Via a graphical user interface of an electronic device, a visual representation of a sacrum of the patient and a lead that is implanted in the sacrum is displayed. The lead includes a plurality of electrode contacts. An evaluation is made as to how well the lead has been implanted in the sacrum based on the visual representation of the sacrum and the lead. The evaluating comprises: determining whether the lead is inserted in a predetermined region of the sacrum, determining how far a predetermined one of the electrode contacts is located from an edge of the sacrum, and determining a degree of curvature of the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NUVECTRA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norbert Kaula, Yohannes Iyassu, Steven Siegel
  • Patent number: 10391299
    Abstract: A tool for inserting an elongate medical device into a body includes a track (e.g. defined by inner surfaces of a base wall and opposing sidewalls), and a deployment assembly for moving the device along the track. A retainer of the assembly, fitted in sliding engagement within the track and limited to move only along a portion of the track, grips a first portion of a proximal length of the device; a slider of the assembly, also fitted in sliding engagement within the track and detachably joined to the retainer, receives a second portion of the device proximal length. When detached from the retainer, the slider is free to move along a distal length of the device, and can be moved along a distal segment of the track to disengage therefrom by separating from a distal terminal end of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark T. Marshall
  • Patent number: 10368994
    Abstract: A burr hole cover is configured to be recessed in a burr hole formed in a patient and includes a base and a cap provided with complementary features to allow a portion of a medical device, such as a brain lead, to be situated in the burr hole cover and then secured by rotation of the cap relative to the base. The features include channels on the base and matching cut-outs on the cap, and slots and locking pockets on the base that are configured to be aligned with locking tabs and locking protrusions on the cap. Because the burr hole cover is recessed in the burr hole, the medical device can extend proximally of the burr hole at the level of the cranium. A bottom surface of the cap may be provided with guides for the lead extending distally in towards the brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroPace, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfonso Chavez, Peter B. Weber
  • Patent number: 10350405
    Abstract: System, method, and tool for implanting an electrode cuff. The system can include a cuff and a slider implement, where the cuff is temporarily retained within and/or onto the slider implement by a retainer mechanism during implantation. The cuff can be structured to exhibit a natural rolled shape, but can be resiliently bendable so as to flex from the rolled shape while having a tendency to move back to the rolled shape. The cuff can be releasably secured to a portion of the slider implement, which may include holding the cuff in an unrolled shape. The cuff can then be positioned adjacent the nerve. The retainer mechanism can then be actuated to allow the cuff to advance towards its naturally rolled shape, thereby wrapping around the nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wantjinarjo Suwito, Isaac Kreft, Andrew B. Kibler, Jeffrey A. von Arx
  • Patent number: 10322279
    Abstract: A surgical guide to facilitate delivery of a therapy delivery device into the pterygopalatine fossa of a subject includes a curvilinear body having a distal end portion, a proximal end portion, and an intermediate portion extending between the distal and proximal end portions. The proximal end portion is defined by oppositely disposed first and second surfaces. The proximal end portion and the intermediate portion define a longitudinal plane that extends between the proximal and distal end portions. The distal end portion has an arcuate configuration relative to the longitudinal plane and is defined by oppositely disposed third and fourth surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Francis A. Papay
  • Patent number: 10314615
    Abstract: Methods and devices for separating an implanted object, such as a pacemaker lead, from tissue surrounding such object in a patient's vasculature system. Specifically, the surgical device includes a handle, an elongate sheath and a circular cutting blade that extends from the distal end of the sheath upon actuating the handle. The circular cutting blade is configured to engage the tissue surrounding an implanted lead and cut such tissue in a coring fashion as the surgical device translates along the length of the lead, thereby allowing the lead, as well as any tissue remaining attached to the lead, to enter the device's elongate shaft. The surgical device has a barrel cam cylinder in the handle assembly that imparts rotation of the blade and a separate cam mechanism in the tip of outer sheath assembly that imparts and controls the extension and retraction of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Spectranetics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Carver, Weston H. Lee, Brian E. Kagarise, Bruce A. Hoo, Peter Wilbur Gleason, Phillip Charles Halbert
  • Patent number: 10279155
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering a bathing liquid via a nostril of a face-down user maintains the liquid in prolonged and predictable contact with the nasal and sinus mucosa. A head orientation unit attaches to the head and includes an angle monitoring unit to provide an indication of the angular orientation of the head as it turns to optimize delivery of the liquid to target head structures. A liquid supply delivers the liquid through the user's nostrils to the selected head structures as a function of the angular orientation indication and at a pressure and flow rate that maintains a constant volume of liquid in the nasal and sinus cavities. Indicia on the angle monitoring unit permit the user to orient his/her head to predetermined angular positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Michael B. Siegel
  • Patent number: 10245435
    Abstract: Some implementations provide a method for implanting a neurostimulator system that includes: placing an introducer through an incision site on a patient into an epidural space of the patient, the introducer including a sheath and the patient having a primary area of pain; placing a neurostimulator system through the introducer into the epidural space of the patient, the neurostimulator system comprising an enclosure housing at least one pair of electrodes and at least one passive antenna; advancing the neurostimulator system through the epidural space such that the electrodes are placed at a targeted tissue of the patient; removing the introducer sheath from the epidural space of the patient; adjusting the neurostimulator system enclosure to leave a customized length of the device body enclosure in the epidural space; and anchoring the customized length of the neurostimulator system enclosure in tissue of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Stimwave Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Laura Tyler Perryman, Benjamin Speck
  • Patent number: 10238371
    Abstract: A method is provided for measuring an opening of an appendage of an atrium of a subject, the method including inserting a catheter into the atrium of the subject. At least one loop is deployed from a wall of the catheter, such that a distal end of the loop is distal to a distal end of the catheter. The loop is used to measure the opening of the appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRANSSEPTAL SOLUTIONS LTD.
    Inventor: Elad Sapir
  • Patent number: 10231816
    Abstract: Medical devices, systems, methods, and kits for the medialization of a vocal cord are described. A method comprises creating a passageway in thyroid cartilage of a patient, advancing a light source through the passageway, activating the light source, viewing light emitted from the light source to confirm placement of the passageway relative to the vocal cord, and advancing a medical device through the passageway to move the vocal cord toward a midline of the larynx of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: Cook Medical Technologies LLC, Northwestern University
    Inventors: Pamela Ridgley, Darin Schaeffer, Gordon Siegel, Marc Lim
  • Patent number: 10159834
    Abstract: Methods and systems for positioning a leadless pacing device (LPD) in cardiac tissue are disclosed. A delivery device is employed that comprises a proximal end, a distal end and a lumen therebetween sized to receive the LPD. The LPD has a leadlet extending therefrom that includes a means to fixate the leadlet to tissue. The delivery device comprises an introducer to introduce the LPD into the lumen of the delivery device. The LPD is loaded in the distal end of the lumen of the delivery device. The leadlet extends proximally from the LPD while the fixation means extends distally toward the LPD. A LPD mover is configured to advance the LPD out of the delivery device. A leadlet mover is configured to advance the leadlet out of the lumen delivery device and cause the leadlet to engage with cardiac tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A Drake, Kenneth C Gardeski, Carla Pfeiffer, Kevin R Seifert, Lester O Stener, Matthew D Bonner
  • Patent number: 10143823
    Abstract: A system includes a delivery catheter and a separately-packaged implantable medical device assembly. The assembly includes a relatively compact implantable medical device, a support shaft, a tether, and a snare mandrel. The tether, which extends in the support shaft, has a distal portion coupled to the device, at a distal end of the support shaft, and a proximal portion protruding from a proximal end of the support shaft, for engagement by a hook of the snare mandrel. An operator may use the engaged snare mandrel to pull the support shaft into a lumen of an inner shaft of the catheter so that the coupled device comes into engagement with a flared end of the catheter inner shaft. Then, after locking the proximal portion of the tether within the catheter, the operator may advance a receptacle of the catheter over the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: James M Keaveney, Jeffrey Madden, John Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10143838
    Abstract: Methods and systems of making a medical electrical lead type having a set of tines. A system for implantation of a lead medical electrical lead in contact with heart tissue, comprises an elongated lead body; a set of curved tines mounted to and extending from a distal end of the lead body, the tines having a length (dD) and an effective cross sectional area, and a delivery catheter. The delivery catheter encloses the lead body and has a distal capsule portion enclosing the tines. The tines exerting a spring force against the capsule and provide a stored potential energy. The delivery catheter has an elastic, not stiff and low column strength ejection means for advancing the lead and tines distally from the capsule and fixating the tines within the heart tissue, the controllable and the stored potential energy of the tines together provide a deployment energy. The tines when so fixated in the tissue provide a fixation energy. The deployment energy and the fixation energy of the tines are equivalent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Grubac, Michael D Eggen, Kevin R Seifert
  • Patent number: 10130821
    Abstract: An assembly for tethering a medical device to a delivery catheter includes a tether, a collet, and a spring-biased holding element that is coupled to a distal end of the tether and that extends around the collet, being moveable between first and second positions. At the first position, corresponding to the spring bias thereof, the holding element prevents fingers of the collet, which are configured to grip a proximal end of the device, from opening; at the second position, the collet fingers are allowed and/or caused to open. The assembly is coupled to a tubular member of the catheter, and, when the tethering assembly abuts a distal end of the catheter tubular member, a pull force applied to a proximal end the tether, which extends out from a proximal opening of the catheter, moves the holding element from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Grubac, Thomas A Anderson
  • Patent number: 10124163
    Abstract: An autonomous capsule includes a tubular body provided at its distal end with an anchoring screw, and in its proximal region of a capture groove. An explantation accessory includes a reinforced catheter combined with a flexible wire which can slide in the catheter and has a deformable loop which can be clamped by gradual introduction of its ends in the catheter under the effect of a traction exerted on the wire. During tightening, the capture groove receives the wire loop, allowing, after complete tightening, to secure in tension and rotation an assembly formed by the catheter, the capsule, and the wire. The reinforced catheter is then used to transmit a tensile force and an axial torque from its proximal end to its distal end, allowing safe unscrewing of the capsule and its extraction through the patient venous network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sorin CRM SAS
    Inventors: Jean-François Ollivier, Philippe D'hiver, Willy Regnier
  • Patent number: 10114115
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for controlling a beam pattern of a sensor array. The apparatus includes a plurality of sensors, wherein a distance is defined between at least two of the sensors. A shape memory alloy (“SMA”) is coupled to at least one of the sensors. The SMA is controllably deformable to vary the distance between the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Igal Bilik, Avshalom Suissa, Inna Stainvas Olshansky
  • Patent number: 10105536
    Abstract: A leadless pulse generator is disclosed herein. The leadless pulse generator has a body, a helical anchor, an electrode, and a sleeve. The body includes a distal end and a proximal end opposite the distal end. The helical anchor distally extends from the distal end. The electrode is at the distal end. The sleeve distally extends from the distal end and has a proximal face and a distal face opposite the proximal face. The proximal face is adjacent the body. The sleeve coaxially extends about the helical anchor and further has a biased state wherein the distal face is near a distal tip of the helical anchor. The sleeve is configured to compress such that the distal face displaces proximally towards the proximal face upon the distal face being forced against the cardiac tissue in the course of the helical anchor screwing into the cardiac tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Sondra Orts, Carl Lance Boling, Matthew G. Fishler, Benjamin F. James, IV, Xiangqun Chen
  • Patent number: 10092727
    Abstract: A medical device assembly includes a tunneler having a proximal end and a distal end and a carrier element fixed to the distal end of the tunneler. In various embodiments the carrier element is configured to be slidably disposed within a lead connection lumen. In various embodiments the carrier element includes a plurality of recesses configured to engage a lead extension set screw. In various embodiments the carrier element can freely rotate relative to the rest of the tunneler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Paul S. Kratoska, Robert L. Olson, Bruce A. Behymer, Alan O. Fung
  • Patent number: 10080888
    Abstract: A shaft of an interventional medical system catheter has a distal end formed by opposing elastically deformable retention features that protrude into a lumen of the shaft, and that define an expandable distal opening of the lumen. The retention features secure an implantable medical device to the catheter by an interlocking engagement within a gap defined by a necked-in portion of a device holding member. Each retention feature includes a distal-facing surface defining the distal opening, and, when an elongate release member of the catheter, which extends within the shaft lumen, applies a push force against proximal-facing surfaces of the features, the distal opening expands from a constricted to an open configuration, wherein the open configuration allows passage of the device holding member through the distal opening, and the constricted configuration allows for the interlocking engagement with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomas K Kelly, Gwenda Francis, Brendan P Geraghty, Pat McHugh, Sean Ward
  • Patent number: 10071241
    Abstract: Devices and methods for blocking signal transmission through neural tissue. One step of a method includes placing a therapy delivery device into electrical communication with the neural tissue. The therapy delivery device includes an electrode contact having a high charge capacity material. A multi-phase direct current (DC) can be applied to the neural tissue without damaging the neural tissue. The multi-phase DC includes a cathodic DC phase and anodic DC phase that collectively produce a neural block and reduce the charge delivered by the therapy delivery device. The DC delivery can be combined with high frequency alternating current (HFAC) block to produce a system that provides effective, safe, long term block without inducing an onset response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Niloy Bhadra, Kevin L. Kilgore, Narendra Bhadra, Jesse Wainright, Tina Vrabec, Manfred Franke
  • Patent number: 10046159
    Abstract: An electrode array and a delivery assembly. The array is wrapped around a flexible core part of the delivery assembly. A sheath, also part of the delivery assembly, is disposed over the array and core. Steering cables extend through the core. Once the delivery assembly-encased array is inserted in the body, the combination is advanced to the tissue over which the array is to be deployed. By pulling on the steering cables the array and assembly are steered into position. Once the array is in position, the sheath is retracted, the array deploys over the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Bozung, Douglas Staunton
  • Patent number: 10034797
    Abstract: An electrode guide bridge is used for inserting a cochlear implant electrode into a cochlea scala of a patient cochlea. An electrode holder encloses at least a portion of a cochlear implant electrode while allowing the electrode to slide freely without friction. A pointed distal tip of the electrode holder is sized to fit within a posterior tympanotomy during electrode insertion surgery and into an electrode opening in an outer surface of the patient cochlea without entering the cochlea scala to prevent an apical tip of the enclosed electrode from contacting tissues around the electrode opening during the insertion surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Claude Jolly, Anandhan Dhanasingh, Paul van de Heyning
  • Patent number: 10022537
    Abstract: The invention relates to an implantable nerve electrode (1) that comprises an electrically insulating substrate (2) with conductor traces (3) running therein, electrode contacts (4) and connection contacts (5), wherein the conductor traces (3) connect the electrode contacts (4) to the connection contacts (5), and wherein the electrode contacts (4) can be connected to the nerves of a nervous system, each of the conductor traces (3) having an at least partial sheathing (13) made of a polymer that is mechanically strong and a good insulator. The invention further relates to a method for producing an implantable nerve electrode (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CorTec GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Schüttler, Fabian Kohler
  • Patent number: 9956399
    Abstract: Methods and devices for separating an implanted object, such as a pacemaker lead, from tissue surrounding such object in a patient's vasculature system. Specifically, the surgical device includes a handle, an elongate sheath and a circular cutting blade that extends from the distal end of the sheath upon actuating the handle. The circular cutting blade is configured to engage the tissue surrounding an implanted lead and cut such tissue in a coring fashion as the surgical device translates along the length of the lead, thereby allowing the lead, as well as any tissue remaining attached to the lead, to enter the device's elongate shaft. The surgical device has a barrel cam cylinder in the handle assembly that imparts rotation of the blade and a separate cam mechanism in the tip of outer sheath assembly that imparts and controls the extension and retraction of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: The Spectranetics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Carver, Weston H. Lee, Brian E. Kagarise, Bruce A. Hoo, Peter Wilbur Gleason, Phillip Charles Halbert
  • Patent number: 9956000
    Abstract: A paddle lead insertion tool includes an insertion tool body having a delivery end portion, a delivery end portion, and a slider slit; a slider partially disposed within the slider slit; extenders coupled to the slider and extending to the delivery end portion to receive a paddle body between or upon the extenders; and a center push piece coupled to the slider and disposed between the extenders to push against a proximal end of the paddle body. The slider moves between an insertion position and a delivery position. The insertion tool extends the extenders and center push piece when the slider moves from the insertion position to the delivery position to extend a paddle body received by the insertion tool. The insertion tool retracts the extenders without retracting the center push piece when the slider moves from the delivery position towards the insertion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Lauren Gardanier, Joshua Dale Howard
  • Patent number: 9943366
    Abstract: A microwave spacer for guiding and positioning microwave energy delivery devices during a surgical procedure includes a spacer including a body forming a plurality of device apertures defined therein. The plurality of device apertures includes at least two lumens and at least one arcuate slot. The lumens are configured to receive an energy delivery device therethrough. The arcuate slot includes a length, a width and a radius of curvature and is configured to receive an additional energy delivery device therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Robert B. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9918737
    Abstract: Methods and devices for separating an implanted object, such as a pacemaker lead, from tissue surrounding such object in a patient's vasculature system. Specifically, the surgical device includes a handle, an elongate sheath and a circular cutting blade that extends from the distal end of the sheath upon actuating the handle. The circular cutting blade is configured to engage the tissue surrounding an implanted lead and cut such tissue in a coring fashion as the surgical device translates along the length of the lead, thereby allowing the lead, as well as any tissue remaining attached to the lead, to enter the device's elongate shaft. The surgical device has a barrel cam cylinder in the handle assembly that imparts rotation of the blade and a separate cam mechanism in the tip of outer sheath assembly that imparts and controls the extension and retraction of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Spectranetics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Carver, Weston H. Lee, Brian E. Kagarise, Bruce A. Hoo, Peter Wilbur Gleason, Phillip Charles Halbert
  • Patent number: 9907953
    Abstract: A leadless pulse generator is disclosed herein. The leadless pulse generator has a body, a helical anchor, an electrode, and a sleeve. The body includes a distal end and a proximal end opposite the distal end. The helical anchor distally extends from the distal end. The electrode is at the distal end. The sleeve distally extends from the distal end and has a proximal face and a distal face opposite the proximal face. The proximal face is adjacent the body. The sleeve coaxially extends about the helical anchor and further has a biased state wherein the distal face is near a distal tip of the helical anchor. The sleeve is configured to compress such that the distal face displaces proximally towards the proximal face upon the distal face being forced against the cardiac tissue in the course of the helical anchor screwing into the cardiac tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Sondra Orts, Carl Lance Boling, Matthew G. Fishler, Benjamin F. James, IV, Xiangqun Chen
  • Patent number: 9889291
    Abstract: Devices and methods for blocking signal transmission through neural tissue. One step of a method includes placing a therapy delivery device into electrical communication with the neural tissue. The therapy delivery device includes an electrode contact having a high charge capacity material. A multi-phase direct current (DC) can be applied to the neural tissue without damaging the neural tissue. The multi-phase DC includes a cathodic DC phase and anodic DC phase that collectively produce a neural block and reduce the charge delivered by the therapy delivery device. The DC delivery can be combined with high frequency alternating current (HFAC) block to produce a system that provides effective, safe, long term block without inducing an onset response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Niloy Bhadra, Kevin L. Kilgore, Narendra Bhadra, Jesse Wainright, Tina Vrabec, Manfred Franke
  • Patent number: 9893809
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for visible light communication using electrically switchable glass. The apparatus for visible light communication using the electrically switchable glass includes a reception unit for receiving a data signal, a control unit for generating current and voltage corresponding to the data signal and controlling the transmittance of the electrically switchable glass based on the current and the voltage, and a transmission unit for adjusting the brightness of visible light that passes through the glass based on the transmittance and performing visible light communication using the visible light that has passed through the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: You-Jin Kim, Dae-Ho Kim, Hyun-Seok Kim, Hyun-Jong Kim, Ji-Hun Jeon, Tae-Gyu Kang
  • Patent number: 9867981
    Abstract: An insertion tool for a paddle lead includes an insertion tool body having a receiving end portion; a stylet channel extending along the insertion tool body; a stylet disposed in the stylet channel; and an actuator assembly disposed along the handling end portion of the insertion tool body and coupled to the stylet. The actuator assembly controls transitioning of the stylet between a first position and a second position. In some instances, the stylet can be a wire stylet that is inserted into a lumen in the paddle body of the paddle lead. In some instances, the stylet of the insertion tool pushes lead bodies of the paddle lead out of the insertion tool to release the paddle lead. In some instances, the insertion tool includes a paddle envelope to hold the paddle lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: James Robert Black, Anne Margaret Pianca, Joshua Dale Howard, Carolyn Madeleine Noheji
  • Patent number: 9808615
    Abstract: Medical leads include a lumen body at an end of the lead, and the lumen body includes multiple filar lumens. The lumen body is joined to a lead body, and electrical connectors are longitudinally spaced along the lumen body. Filars within the filar lumens are directed through filar passageways within the lumen body to attach to the electrical connectors on the lumen body. The filar passageways may be aligned with the filar lumens, and slots within the electrical connectors may be aligned with the filar passageways to facilitate assembly. The lumen body may provide additional stiffness to the end of the lead where the lumen body is located to facilitate lead insertion into the medical device. The filar lumens of the lumen body may have a longitudinally straight configuration so that the portions of filars within the filar lumens are held in a longitudinally straight configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Klardie, Michael J. Kern, Brian T. Stolz, Marty D. Martens
  • Patent number: 9795781
    Abstract: An implantable leadless cardiac pacing device and associated retrieval features. The implantable device includes a docking member extending from the proximal end of the housing of the implantable device including a covering surrounding at least a portion of the docking member configured to facilitate retrieval of the implantable leadless cardiac pacing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian L. Schmidt, Benjamin J. Haasl, John M. Edgell, Dana Sachs
  • Patent number: 9750931
    Abstract: A system for delivering an implantable medical device includes a loading assembly and a catheter. The loading assembly includes a deployment member and a sidewall defining a chamber into which the device may be pulled through a distal opening thereof, so that the sidewall holds fingers of the device's fixation member in an extended condition while a temperature in the chamber is lowered. When the chamber is connected to the catheter, advancing the deployment member pushes the device, with fixation fingers in the extended condition, into a delivery lumen of the catheter. With the catheter positioned within a patient, the device can be pushed into a distal portion of the catheter while a relatively cold fluid is infused through the delivery lumen. While holding the deployment member in place, retracting the catheter exposes the device fixation fingers out from the lumen, for engagement with tissue at the implant site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Rónán Wood, Sean Ward, James M Keaveney