Electrode Guide Means Patents (Class 606/129)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9737716
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for delivering vagus nerve stimulation and carotid baroreceptor stimulation to patients for treating chronic heart failure and hypertension. The vagus nerve stimulation and carotid baroreceptor stimulation therapies may be provided using a single implantable pulse generator, which can coordinate delivery of the therapies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CYBERONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Imad Libbus, Bruce H. KenKnight, Badri Amurthur
  • Patent number: 9730781
    Abstract: A blood filter extraction system for extracting a blood filter from within a blood vessel. The system includes an extraction wire, or plurality of such wires, positioned within an elongated tubular member. A plurality of extraction wires coupled to the distal end of the extraction member each include a hook for engaging filter members. Alternatively, the extraction wires may be one or more wires configured in a helical shape which engage filter members when the extraction member is rotated. The system may also include an elongated tubular member with the distal end having a conical shape. To extract a filter, the extraction wires are then pushed out of the tubular member and into the filter members. The extraction member is then withdrawn or rotated so the wires engage and draw in the filter members, after which the catheter is pushed over the conical portion of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: C. R. BARD, INC.
    Inventors: Dmitry Mikhailovich Volobuyev, Alexander Germanovich Kashkarov, Andrzej J. Chanduszko
  • Patent number: 9731113
    Abstract: A device for extending a lead according to some embodiments includes a body, a coil element coupled to the body, the body configured to cover the coil element during use, the coil element comprising an inner lumen sized to receive an outer surface of a lead, the coil element is movable between a first configuration in which the coil element slides over the lead, and a second configuration in which at least some coils grip the outer surface of the lead; an actuation mechanism operatively coupled to the coil element, the actuation mechanism configured to move the coil element between the first and second configurations; and a tether coupled to the lead via the body, the coil element, and/or actuation mechanism, the tether configured to extend further proximally than a proximal-most end of the lead and configured to transfer tension force applied to the tether to the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: The Spectranetics Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Grace, Thomas Willard, Thomas Kelby Triffo
  • Patent number: 9724507
    Abstract: An implantable medical device is tethered to a delivery catheter by a length of a tether, which extends through an attachment feature of the device and between a free end thereof and a secured end thereof, wherein the secured end is fixedly coupled to a tubular member of the catheter in proximity to a distal end thereof, and the free end is engaged against an inner surface of a sidewall that extends within the tubular member. The free end of the tether may be engaged against the inner surface by an enlarged distal tip of an elongate wire that extends within a lumen defined by the inner surface of the sidewall. An operator may move the distal tip of the wire out through a distal opening of the lumen, thereby pushing the free end of the tether out from engagement with the surface, to untether the device from the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Rónán Wood, Sean Ward, Paula McDonnell, Pat McHugh, Richard McEvoy
  • Patent number: 9694175
    Abstract: A medical electrical lead system that includes a catheter extending from a proximal catheter end to a distal catheter end; a lead, insertable within the catheter, including a lead body extending from a proximal lead end to a distal lead end and an active fixation member positioned at the distal lead end; and an advancement tool for advancing the distal lead end outward from the distal catheter end. The advancement tool is adapted to be positioned around the lead body and further adapted to be removably fixedly engaged with the proximal catheter end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Archie A. Tyson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9615918
    Abstract: Medical devices, systems, methods, and kits for the medialization of a vocal cord are described. An embodiment of a medical device comprises a proximal portion, a distal portion, and an elongate body extending from the proximal portion to the distal portion. The elongate body defines a thread extending from the proximal portion and the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Pamela Ridgley, Darin Schaeffer, Gordon Siegel, Marc Lim
  • Patent number: 9572973
    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: March 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: NeuroPace, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfonso Chavez, Peter B. Weber
  • Patent number: 9550057
    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: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventors: Francis A. Papay, Carl Lance Boling
  • Patent number: 9539423
    Abstract: Delivery tools of interventional medical systems facilitate deployment of relatively compact implantable medical devices that include extensions, for example, cardiac pacing devices that include an extension for atrial sensing, wherein an entirety of the device is contained within the delivery tool while a distal-most portion of the tool is navigated to a target implant site. Once at the implant site, a device fixation member may be exposed out from a distal opening of the tool, for initial deployment, while the extension remains contained within the delivery tool. The tool includes a grasping mechanism, operable, within and without a lumen of the tool, to alternately grip and release the device extension, for example, to position a distal end of the extension after the tool has been withdrawn from over an entirety of the initially deployed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D Bonner, Todd J Sheldon, Kathryn Hilpisch, Noelle C Neafus, Ronan Wood
  • Patent number: 9511218
    Abstract: Devices and methods of use for introduction and implantation of an electrode as part of a minimally invasive technique. An implantable baroreflex activation system includes a control system having an implantable housing, an electrical lead, attachable to the control system, and an electrode structure. The electrode structure is near one end of the electrical lead, and includes a monopolar electrode, a backing material having an effective surface area larger than the electrode, and a releasable pivotable interface to mate with an implant tool. The electrode is configured for implantation on an outer surface of a blood vessel and the control system is programmed to deliver a baroreflex therapy via the monopolar electrode to a baroreceptor within a wall of the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: CVRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Cates, Eric Lovett, Loren Murney, Kip Ludwig, Paul Pignato, Brian Soltis
  • Patent number: 9446248
    Abstract: Delivery tools of interventional medical systems facilitate deployment of relatively compact implantable medical devices that include sensing extensions, for example, right ventricular cardiac pacing devices that include a sensing extension for atrial sensing. An entirety of such a device is contained within a delivery tool while a distal-most portion of the tool is navigated to a target implant site; the tool is configured to expose, out from a distal opening thereof, a distal portion of the device for initial deployment, after which sensing, via a sense electrode of the aforementioned sensing extension of the device, can be evaluated without withdrawing the tool from over the remainder of the device that includes the sensing extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J Sheldon, Matthew D Bonner, Kathryn Hilpisch, Noelle C Neafus, Ronan Wood
  • Patent number: 9402531
    Abstract: Endoscopic cannulas and methods of their use are disclosed. In some embodiments, an endoscopic cannula may include an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end. A viewing channel and a working channel may extend through the elongated body. The viewing channel can be configured for passing therethrough an endoscope to the distal end of the elongated body for viewing outside the elongated body, while the working channel can be configured for passing therethrough an injection needle distally of the elongated body. The cannula may also include a suction pod disposed on a bottom surface of the elongated member, the suction pod being in communication with a suction channel extending through the elongated body to create suction between the suction pod and a tissue surface to temporary attach the elongated body to the tissue surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Pavilion Medical Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Albert K. Chin
  • Patent number: 9387322
    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 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Niloy Bhadra, Kevin L. Kilgore, Narendra Bhadra, Jesse Wainright, Tina Vrabec, Manfred Franke
  • Patent number: 9289601
    Abstract: A paddle lead insertion kit includes a paddle lead and an insertion kit. The paddle lead includes a stylet lumen defined in a paddle body. The insertion tool includes a stylet channel defined along the insertion tool. A stylet is disposed in the stylet channel and transitions between a refracted position and an extended position. When the stylet is in the retracted position, the stylet is disposed completely within the stylet channel. When the stylet is in the extended position, the stylet extends outwardly from the stylet channel and is insertable into the stylet lumen of the paddle lead. A slide assembly is coupled to the stylet and controls transitioning of the stylet between the retracted position and the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Natalie Lacey, Joshua Dale Howard
  • Patent number: 9278210
    Abstract: An active bipolar cardiac electrical lead includes a helical anchor electrode, a tip electrode pin, an intermediate connection mount, a ring electrode, and a tip housing. The tip electrode pin engages an inner conductor coil at a proximal end and engages a proximal end of the helical anchor electrode at a distal end. The intermediate connection mount defines an axial lumen therethrough, a proximal fitting, a cylindrical flange, and a distal fitting. The ring electrode has an exposed section that sleeves over and connects with the proximal fitting of the intermediate connection mount and has a proximal sleeve that engages with an outer conductor coil and an outer sheath of the lead. The tip housing defines an axial bore that houses the helical anchor electrode and a distal portion of the tip electrode pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Shanghai MicroPort Medical (Group) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Grace Ying Yang Jang
  • Patent number: 9247934
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for passing a suture. In general, described herein are suturing devices, such as suture passers, as well as methods of suturing tissue. These suture passing devices may include dual deployment suture passers in which a first distal jaw member is moveable at an angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the elongate body of the device and the second distal jaw member is retractable proximally to the distal end region of the elongate body and/or the first jaw member. Also described herein are suture passers in which the tissue penetrator passing the suture travels in an approximately sigmoidal pathway, with the distal end of the tissue penetrator extending distally from one jaw of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ceterix Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Murillo, Christopher P. Bender, Mark Y. Hirotsuka, Michael J. Hendricksen, Justin D. Saliman, John G. McCutcheon
  • Patent number: 9232991
    Abstract: An apparatus for retrieving an implanted device from a body vessel includes a distal hub with an elongated, bendable distal tip and with a first marker visible through body tissue with at least one imaging method; a proximal hub with a central longitudinal channel therethrough, arranged proximal from the distal hub, and bearing a second marker. A stylet wire extends from the distal hub through the central longitudinal channel of the proximal hub to a proximal stylet wire end. A flexible, radially expandable interlocking arrangement extends from the distal hub to the proximal hub. An elongated positioning device extending proximally from the proximal hub to a proximal device end. The positioning device and the stylet wire may be configured to perform a longitudinal relative movement between proximal hub and the distal hub, and the interlocking arrangement expands radially when the proximal and distal hubs approach each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Louis B. Goode, Maureen A. Secilia
  • Patent number: 9216284
    Abstract: Insertion tools, lead assemblies, kits, and methods for placement of cardiac device electrodes. In some embodiments, an insertion tool having a proximal end and a distal, dissecting end includes a structure configured to receive or engage a structure on a lead assembly. Some embodiments include a lead assembly having an end including a structure configured for engaging the distal end of an associated insertion tool. Some embodiments include kits or systems including both an insertion tool and a lead assembly, each having a structure for engaging the other. In these embodiments, the engaging structures may take several forms including threads, small posts, circular or semi-circular receiving members, and/or a slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: CAMERON HEALTH, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen A. P. O'Connor