Inserted In Female Reproductive System Patents (Class 606/193)
  • Patent number: 10182932
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for delivering a device assembly into a gastric or other space within the body, allowing the device to expand to occupy volume within the gastric space and, after an effective period of time, delivering a substance or stimulus to begin breakdown of the expanded device so that it may release from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Allurion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Moss, Matthew Scott Lake, Jonathan Wecker, Shantanu K. Gaur, Samuel G. Levy, Bruce A. Horwitz, Jinyoung Daniel Gwak
  • Patent number: 9888927
    Abstract: An implantable device for controlling hemorrhage in a body cavity comprising an expandable balloon and a conduit for supplying a physiologically compatible fluid to inflate the balloon is described. The balloon tamponade device is inserted into the body cavity and is inflated with a physiologically suitable fluid so that the balloon generally conforms to the body cavity and exerts compressive force against the walls, tissues or structures of the body cavity to control hemorrhage. The balloon may have a deforming means to limit expansion of the balloon in a direction to facilitate expansion of the balloon in another direction. The device may have additional tubes within the conduit, or a plurality of separate lumens within the conduit or tubes to allow drainage and irrigation to the body cavity. A method of controlling hemorrhage in a body cavity by using the implantable device is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: B & D Medical Development, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Belfort, Gary A. Dildy, III
  • Patent number: 9743974
    Abstract: A method and system of providing therapy to a patient's uterus. The method can include the steps of inserting a uterine ablation device into the uterus; expanding a distal anchor; inflating a proximal balloon to pull the distal anchor proximally and seat the distal anchor against the internal os of the uterus; inflating a central balloon to seal the cervix; delivering vapor from the uterine ablation device into the uterus; and condensing the vapor on tissue within the uterus. The can include a cervical collar adapted to place a distal portion of the device within the uterus when the cervical collar contacts an external os of the cervix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: AEGEA MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Donnell William Gurskis, Robert Bilgor Peliks, Hugh Edward Magen, Roxanne Daniels, Steven Robert Bacich
  • Patent number: 9629644
    Abstract: Medical devices which are adapted to be implanted into a patient for a limited period of time using minimally invasive insertion procedures for dilating a stenotic opening, such as a stenotic sinus opening, are provided. The devices and methods can be used for treating sinusitis and other nasal and/or sinus disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SinuSys Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Schreck, Jerome E. Hester, David E. Edgren, Andrew I. Poutiatine, Curtis L. Rieser
  • Patent number: 9517159
    Abstract: Contraceptive and/or sterilization methods and devices are disclosed which may improve the speed of tubal occlusion and mechanisms for anchoring for a contraceptive device. In accordance with some embodiments, improvements may be made to the delivery catheter to induce trauma and create faster tubal occlusion, improvements may be made to the occlusion device to prevent migration and induce trauma, and improvements may be made to the occlusion device to reduce the total volume of in-growth required compared to conventional expansive occlusion devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: John R. Frigstad, William S. Tremulis, James R. Mujwid, Betsy Swann
  • Patent number: 9421059
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for endometrial ablation. In accordance with a method, a working end of an RF ablation device is positioned in a patient uterus to contact endometrial tissue, the working end comprising a dielectric wall capable of non-expanded and expanded shapes and for conforming to an asymmetric or symmetric shape of the patient's cervix. An expandable seal is provided for sealing the cervical canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Minerva Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Truckai, Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 9421036
    Abstract: An improved device for the management of a patient's uterine hemorrhage has improvements that include: (a) an inlet valve for controlling the flow of fluid into an expandable vessel, (b) an adapter having a free end and a connection end that connects to the third opening in a tube that has openings at each of its ends, (d) a pressure release component that connects to the adapter's free end and provides for the automatic release of a quantity of fluid sufficient to maintain an approximate, steady state, uniform operating pressure within the device, and (e) an attachment means that affixes the free end of the expandable vessel to the tube at a point that is distal from a tube end so that a portion of the tube extends into the expandable vessel and can be used as a core to assist with the placement of the vessel into the patient's uterine cavity prior to its inflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Jhpiego Corporation
    Inventors: Adam J Clark, Nathaniel C Moller, Anastasia V Borok, Luke T Jungles, Harshad Sanghvi, Jens I Petter
  • Patent number: 9192510
    Abstract: Materials and Methods for producing localized hypothermia in a patient for treatment of a weight disorder (e.g., obesity).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventor: Vijay P. Singh
  • Patent number: 9144611
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hydrogel composition and methods of using the same. The hydrogel composition may include precursors that react with each other upon contact as well as precursors that react upon contact with an initiator. In embodiments, the resulting hydrogels may have varying levels of crosslinking with both denser and less dense regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Steven Bennett, Nathaniel Mast, Kevin Lavigne, Walter Skalla, Saumya Banerjee, Timothy Sargeant, Joshua Stopek
  • Patent number: 9039749
    Abstract: A medical device for blood flow restoration and/or for use as an implantable member in a human vessel includes a self-expanding member, a guidewire, and a connection mechanism. The self-expanding member includes a plurality of cells and filaments having specific ranges of thicknesses, widths, and heights. The self-expanding member can take on a volume-reduced coiled form with overlapped edges, and can generate optimal radial forces against a vessel wall and/or thrombus when deployed and expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Sanjay Shrivastava, Anh Cam
  • Publication number: 20150142045
    Abstract: Everting balloon systems and methods for using the same are disclosed. herein. The systems can he configured to access and dilate body lumen and cavities. For example, the systems can be used to dilate the cervix and access the uterine cavity. The systems can also be used to occlude the cervix. The systems can also be used to occlude the urethra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Cross Bay Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven R. BACICH
  • Patent number: 8961532
    Abstract: A delivery system for delivering an occluding device to a body lumen comprises an elongated shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, a delivery means for delivering the occluding device to a desired location within the body lumen, and a flexible atraumatic tip on the distal end of the elongated shaft. The distal end of the elongated shaft is insertable into the body lumen. The atraumatic tip is configured to guide the elongated shaft through the body lumen while avoiding perforation of the body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bayer Essure Inc.
    Inventors: W. Stephen Tremulis, Kevin R. Arnal, Jeffrey P. Callister, James R. Mujwid, John Fritz Otte, Lori Garlie
  • Patent number: 8951226
    Abstract: The present invention provides various systems, a kit, and a method for accessing, sampling within, and visualization of areas within the mediastinal cavity for assisting a surgeon in performing a mediastinoscopy procedure. The access system includes one or more preferably toroidal balloons that can be expanded to dilate and protect the inner walls of a bodily conduit. Instruments pass through hollow spaces within the expanded toroidal balloons. The proximally positioned balloons are expanded first and the unexpanded balloons to be positioned distally are passed through them and subsequently expanded. The sampling system includes an instrument with a rounded head having two or more jaws and a slit therein at the distal end of an elongated tubular body. The visualization system includes a 360° camera that can be positioned from proximal to distal a target site and can also do a U-turn about its axis of extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Chest Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Salmaan Hameed
  • Patent number: 8939932
    Abstract: A method of treating early papillomavirus infection of an orifice of a human or animal body including any canal associated with an orifice, comprising applying a viral inactivation agent to the orifice and/or canal in an amount effective to inactivate a portion of the virus infecting the orifice or canal. Apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Jenny Colleen McCloskey, Richard Alan Fox
  • Patent number: 8926629
    Abstract: A system for treating uterine tissue having a seal assembly configured for positioning in a patient's cervical canal and uterine cavity; an expandable distal balloon portion; an expandable elongate medial balloon portion configured for movement between a first transversely expanded shape for engaging a cervical canal and a second transversely non-expanded shape for trans-cervical insertion; and a fluid source in communication with distal balloon portion and medial balloon portion for expansion of said balloon portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Minerva Surgical, Inc.
    Inventor: Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 8887731
    Abstract: A pessary having a main stem and an inflatable bladder disposed about the proximal larger diameter section of the main stem. The main stem further provides a distal smaller diameter portion having a cap at its distal tip and a check valve disposed there under. The check valve communicates with a central fluid passage that may extend into the proximal larger diameter section of the main stem. Secondary fluid passages connect the central fluid passage to the inflatable bladder volume disposed about the outer circumference of the proximal larger diameter section of the main stem. The main stem provides support to the pelvic structures and the inflatable bladder acts to hold the device in position. At least one void through the proximal larger diameter portion of the main stem allows bodily material to pass from the vagina through the pessary device thereby decreasing the amount of vaginal discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ralph Zipper
  • Patent number: 8876854
    Abstract: A delivery assembly (10) for an implant (30) includes a release mechanism with a locking element (52) and a blocking member (56). The locking element (52) includes a latching pin (14) that engages with an eyelet (54) in the implant (30) to attach the implant (30) to a distal end of an inner catheter (36). The blocking member (56) prevents premature disengagement of the latching pin (14) from the implant (30). Withdrawal of the blocking member (56) allows disengagement of the latching pin (14). The locking pin (52) and the blocking member (56) extend along the lumen of the inner catheter (36) from a handle (12) such that a guide wire (34) is also able to extend through the lumen of the inner catheter (36). The locking pin (52) and the blocking member (56) preferably have a crescent-shaped transverse cross section. The release mechanism allows retrieval of the implant (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Frank K. Christiansen
  • Patent number: 8863746
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a novel device and method for providing a disposable endotracheal intubation device for use with an auxiliary passageway serving as a guide for the placement of an orogastric or other enterally directed device in a patient. The present invention pertains to a medical catheter device, removably attachable to an endotracheal tube, for guiding the path of an enteral tube into the esophagus of a patient. The catheter device preferably employs an adjustable clamp to fix the position of the catheter relative to the endotracheal tube. The present invention also pertains to a combination medical intubation device comprising an endotracheal tube and a catheter proximate the endotracheal tube to guide the path of an enteral tube. The present invention also pertains to a method of intubating a patient using this combination medical intubation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kim Technology Partners, LP
    Inventor: Kenneth Alan Totz
  • Patent number: 8840626
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and devices for performing improved gynecologic and urologic procedures are disclosed. The system is configured to permit simultaneous tissue cutting and removal from a target site. The various embodiments enable procedures to be performed outside the hospital setting, such as in a doctor's office or clinic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Adams, William H. Gruber, Kevin G. Connors, Geoffrey B. Pardo, James Daniel Cole, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 8840625
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and devices for performing improved gynecologic and urologic procedures are disclosed. An access sheath is provided with at least one lumen, and a lens attached thereto. The various embodiments enable procedures to be performed outside the hospital setting, such as in a doctor's office or clinic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Adams, William H. Gruber, Kevin G. Connors, Geoffrey B. Pardo, James Daniel Cole, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 8834487
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and devices for performing improved gynecologic and urologic procedures are disclosed. Patient benefit is achieved through improved outcomes, reduced pain, especially peri-procedural pain, and reduced recovery times. The various embodiments enable procedures to be performed outside the hospital setting, such as in a doctor's office or clinic. Distension is achieved mechanically, rather than with liquid distension media, thereby eliminating the risk of intravasation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Gruber, Ronald D. Adams, Kevin G. Connors, Geoffrey B. Pardo, James Daniel Cole, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 8784602
    Abstract: Catheter balloon assemblies (10) for delivering a therapeutic agent to a body vessel are provided, as well as related methods of manufacturing and methods of treatment. The catheter balloon assemblies may include a concentrically disposed dual balloon assembly at the distal portion of the catheter having an inner balloon (44), a porous outer balloon (42) concentrically arrayed around the inner balloon and a catheter shaft (30) adapted to deliver a therapeutic agent to the body vessel through the apertures in the outer balloon. Radial outward expansion of the inner balloon may urge the outer balloon into contact with the wall of a body vessel, where the therapeutic agent may be delivered from the catheter shaft through apertures in the outer balloon directly to the wall of the body vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Darin G. Schaeffer, David Christian Lentz
  • Patent number: 8777876
    Abstract: Devices and methods for determining fallopian tube occlusion. The methods may include determining fallopian tube occlusions through a pressurization or volumetric determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer Essure Inc.
    Inventor: Betsy Swann
  • Patent number: 8754564
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hydrogel composition and methods of using the same. The hydrogel composition may include precursors that react with each other upon contact as well as precursors that react upon contact with an initiator. In embodiments, the resulting hydrogels may have varying levels of crosslinking with both denser and less dense regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Steven Bennett, Nathaniel Mast, Kevin Lavigne, Walter Skalla, Timothy Sargeant, Joshua Stopek
  • Patent number: 8663239
    Abstract: The invention is incorporated into a tissue removal and manipulation device for vaginal hysterectomies and related surgeries. The present invention solves the suturing problem of the prior art devices by providing a device that not only can manipulate the uterus during surgery but remove the uterus without the need for suturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Blake Hess
  • Patent number: 8647349
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and devices for performing improved gynecologic and urologic procedures are disclosed. The system and devices provide simplified use and reduced risk of adverse events. Patient benefit is achieved through improved outcomes, reduced pain, especially peri-procedural pain, and reduced recovery times. The various embodiments enable procedures to be performed outside the hospital setting, such as in a doctor's office or clinic. An intrauterine access end procedure system includes a mechanical distension element, to eliminate the need for liquid distension media at pressure sufficient to create a risk of intravasation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Gruber, Ronald D. Adams, Kevin G. Connors, Geoffrey B. Pardo, James Daniel Cole, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20140012305
    Abstract: A cup-like structure for engaging a cervix of a patient includes a rim, and includes a base defining an aperture through which one or more tubular members of a uterine manipulator may extend into the uterus. The cup-like structure is made from one or more of a polyphthalamide (PPA) material and a polyetheretherketone (PEEK) material. A uterine manipulator including a cup-like structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Clinical Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Horton, Richard A. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8617048
    Abstract: A system for implanting an implant and method thereof is disclosed. In general overview, the system includes an implant, an envelope enclosing the implant, a delivery assembly and an attachment piece for attaching the envelope or implant to the delivery assembly. The envelope may include a drug coating, positioning aids, and means to ease envelope removal. In one embodiment, the delivery assembly is employed for implant and/or envelope delivery inside the patient's body. In another embodiment, the delivery assembly and an attachment piece are employed to deliver the implant or the envelope inside the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry N. Gellman, Jianmin Li, Jozef Slanda
  • Patent number: 8616212
    Abstract: The Vas Deferens or Fallopian tubes valve system incorporates a small valve in line with either the Vas Deferens or the Fallopian tube in order to open or close fluid communication therein, and effectively a form of birth control. The valve is installed on either one of the Fallopian tubes or Vas Deferens, and is manually or remotely controlled. The small valve is manually controlled via an arm that can be manually rotated to open or close the valve seated there under. A magnetic version of the small valve incorporates magnets on the arm in order to induce motion of the arm upon focusing a magnetic field upon the valve. A remotely operable valve utilizes a solenoid and radio receiver to remotely operate the small valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: John R. Logan
  • Patent number: 8608642
    Abstract: An environmentally sensitive hydrogel material swells or collapses in response to a parameter such as pH level associated with consumption of food by a patient. This swelling or collapsing is harnessed to treat morbid obesity or some other condition of the patient. The swelling or collapsing of the hydrogel may be used to tighten a gastric band or gastric valve when the patient starts eating; then loosen the band or valve when the patient is between meals. The swelling or collapsing of the hydrogel may also be used to increase the size of a space occupying device in the patient's stomach when the patient starts eating; then decrease the size of the space occupying device when the patient is between meals. The swelling or collapsing of the hydrogel may also be used to selectively restrict the absorption of nutrients within a patient's gastrointestinal tract, such as in the duodenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Janna M. Burrell, Randal T. Byrum, Robert Louis Koch, Jr., Larry D. Pool, Christopher W. Widenhouse
  • Patent number: 8585616
    Abstract: Devices and methods for determining fallopian tube occlusion. The methods may include determining fallopian tube occlusions through a pressurization or volumetric determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Conceptus, Inc.
    Inventor: Betsy Swann
  • Patent number: 8568385
    Abstract: A method of treating tissue comprises introducing into a hollow organ a support device and, after insertion, arranging the support device into a non-yielding configuration substantially filling the hollow organ and substantially preventing walls of the hollow organ from moving inward in combination with inducing contraction of the hollow organ around the support device to cut off blood flow through at least a portion of the walls of the hollow organ and removing the support device after blood flow has been cut off for a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon T. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 8550085
    Abstract: Systems and methods of visibly marking a reproductive tract, e.g., at least one ostium of the Fallopian tubes accessed transvaginally and transcervically, to indicate delivery of an occlusion device into the corresponding at least one Fallopian tube to effect contraception are disclosed. Marking is effected by delivery of a dye that stains the ostium and/or extension of the marking member from the delivered occlusion device into view in the uterine cavity or ostium. A catheter (or catheters) preferably introduced through a hysteroscope that illuminates and provides visualization of the uterine cavity and the ostia of the Fallopian tubes is employed to insert each contracted, stent-like, occluding device into each Fallopian tube and to mechanically expand or release to self-expand the occluding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Conceptus, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Callister, William S. Tremulis
  • Patent number: 8550087
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for the delivery of an implant into small bodily spaces. The delivery devices include an expandable portion configured for placement within such bodily spaces and subsequent expansion to facilitate the delivery of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew La Placa, David Callaghan, Mark Putnam, Jeffrey Model
  • Publication number: 20130245664
    Abstract: A cervical dilator for use in dilating a cervix comprises a light weight flexible tube member. The cervical dilator also comprises a syringe connected to a first end of the flexible tube member for introducing a liquid or air solution into the tube member. The cervical dilator also includes a balloon arranged over an end of the tube that is inserted into the cervix of the patient in an uninflated state. The cervical dilator also comprises at least one orifice arranged through or near an end of the flexible tube member and within the interior cavity of the balloon, such that the air or liquid inflates the balloon to a predetermined diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Raggio & Dinnin, P.C.
    Inventor: Karen Louise Niver
  • Patent number: 8479742
    Abstract: Medical devices and related methods are disclosed for delivering an implant into the body of a patient. The devices include a damping assembly having an internal chamber with a varying inner diameter, and a piston slideably disposed therein. The piston is operably connected with a catheter portion such that movement of the piston is associated with concurrent movement of the catheter for implant delivery. The varying inner diameter of the damping assembly results in a decrease in damping force during implant delivery, thus providing a substantially constant velocity of implant delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew LaPlaca
  • Patent number: 8475353
    Abstract: An applicator for delivering brachytherapy includes elongate members movable between collapsed and expanded configurations for delivering brachytherapy within a lumpectomy cavity, a vaginal cavity, or other target region. The elongate members may be expandable into a symmetrical or asymmetrical expanded configuration, e.g., into a generally spherical, pear-shaped, or planar configuration. A system for delivering brachytherapy includes the applicator and an access device for lining and/or dilating a body cavity and/or for receiving the applicator therein. The access device is advanced into a body cavity, an expandable member on the access device is inflated, the applicator is advanced into the access device, and the elongate members are expanded to deliver radiation to the target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cianna Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Eduardo Chi Sing, Tommy G. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20130138134
    Abstract: Stent devices comprising an inflatable inner balloon defined by an envelope and an outer balloon surrounding the inner balloon concentrically, the outer balloon serving as a therapeutic agent reservoir used for controlled therapeutic agent delivery. In some embodiments, the outer balloon has two separate walls which define its volume and is independently inflatable. In some embodiments, the two concentric balloons form a substantially cylindrical structure which has a proximal end and a distal end. A catheter carrying inflation and drainage lumens extends outward from the proximal end. In some embodiments, the distal end includes an embedded cervix accommodating tip or has a non-embedded cervix accommodating tip attached thereto. The stent devices can be used to maintain the integrity and placement of vaginally placed mesh or graft after reconstructive procedures, prevent vaginal hematoma formation and bleeding, provide pain control after surgery and deliver antibiotics or hormones to the vaginal epithelium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Noel M. Elman, Costas A. Apostolis
  • Patent number: 8434490
    Abstract: Devices and method for occluding a fallopian tube. The devices, in one embodiment, may include a plurality of expandable occluding members coupled by respective dissolvable connecting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Conceptus, Inc.
    Inventors: Betsy Swann, Christopher A. Stout, Julian Cruzada, Vidya Gopal, Charlotte Hermanto
  • Patent number: 8408212
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and kits which, when installed or used, occlude or partially occlude a cervical canal, the internal opening of a cervical canal (cervical os), or a uterine side wall rupture location, such as to inhibit or prevent bacterial access and retard leakage of amniotic fluid resulting from PROM. The present apparatus can include an expandable support member of a biocompatible and non-toxic material. In some examples, the support member can include a top portion having a first diameter and a bottom portion having a second diameter less than the first diameter. In some examples, the support member can include an expandable stent of a suitable length and uniform diameter to be inserted in a non-dilated cervical canal or transabdominal access route. In various examples, the apparatus further includes a fluid-resistant fabric, polymer, substance or other material placed over at least the top portion of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Glenveigh Medical, LLC
    Inventors: John M. O'Brien, Dirk V. Hoyns
  • Patent number: 8403953
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for use with a subject's body, vagina, vaginal fornix, uterus, and uterine artery. A fornix-engaging structure is inserted into the vagina and engages the vaginal fornix. A rod is inserted into the subject's body via the fornix-engaging structure, such that a distal end of the rod passes through vaginal tissue at a first vaginal site until the distal end of the rod is at a first extrauterine site outside of the uterine artery, but in a vicinity of a portion of the uterine artery that supplies a uterine fibroid. A rod-guide is coupled to the fornix-engaging structure, and guides the distal end of the rod to the first extrauterine site. A uterine artery compression device is disposed on the distal end of the rod. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Fibro Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Yossi Gross, Eliahu Eliachar, Dan Sade Hochstadter, Jacob Cohen, Hernam Weiss, Nir Lilach
  • Patent number: 8357176
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided, including a tube (22) that is configured to pass into a patient's vagina (26) and to penetrate vaginal tissue (24) until a distal tip (36) of the tube is outside of a uterine artery (28) of the patient, but in a vicinity of a portion (38) of the uterine artery that supplies a uterine fibroid (30). A balloon (40), disposed at the distal tip, is inflated to cause local squeezing of the portion of the uterine artery to an extent sufficient to occlude the uterine artery. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Fibro Control, Inc.
    Inventor: Yossi Gross
  • Patent number: 8307830
    Abstract: A multi-layer inflatable balloon cuff may be adapted to seal a patient's trachea when associated with an endotracheal tube. The outer layer and the inner layer of the balloon cuff may have different material properties that may enhance a cuff's mechanical pressure seal by reducing wrinkles or folds that may form against a patient's tracheal walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventor: Jessica Clayton
  • Patent number: 8241317
    Abstract: A rectal balloon apparatus has a shaft with a fluid passageway extending therethrough. A balloon is affixed over an end of the shaft such that the fluid passageway communicates with an interior of the balloon. The balloon has a laterally flat surface thereon when inflated. The laterally flat surface of the balloon has a longitudinal groove formed thereon. A valve assembly is affixed to the shaft at an end opposite the balloon. The valve assembly selectively allows a fluid to pass therethrough to move the balloon from a non-inflated condition to an inflated condition. A fluid introducing means is removably attached to the valve assembly to introduce the fluid into the valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: RadiaDyne LLC
    Inventors: John Isham, Erik Frija
  • Patent number: 8217219
    Abstract: A vaginal insert formed from a composition that, prior to introduction to the vagina, has the physical properties of a liquid, semi-soft gel, paste, foam, or viscous material so that it can be effectively delivered to the vaginal canal. After introduction into the vagina, the composition will expand and/or solidify into a semi-solid or solid structure to substantially fill the entire “H” shaped space of the vagina and a portion of the rugal folds along the length of the vaginal canal. Upon solidifying, the composition defines an insert that, in one embodiment, is suitable for use as a tampon and, in another embodiment, is suitable for use as an incontinence device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristin M. Shepard, MaryAnn Zunker
  • Patent number: 8211085
    Abstract: Therapeutic device intended for the selective cytoreductive treatment of an obstruction in a natural lumen or passage of the human or animal body, said lumen being obstructed by the effect of a local cell proliferation, said device comprising a tubular element, in particular of cylindrical shape, intended to be placed in said natural lumen and sufficiently flexible to conform to said natural lumen, but sufficiently rigid to maintain an artificial channel in said lumen. The tubular element supports lengthwise a medicinal sleeve which is intended to come into line with, and into contact with, the obstruction once the natural lumen has been intubated, and is designed to deliver locally, at least in its outer surface portion, at least one therapeutic agent which is cytoreductive, in particular cytotoxic, through contact with the cells under whose effect said lumen is obstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Marian Devonec
  • Patent number: 8162816
    Abstract: A system for implanting an implant and method thereof is disclosed. In general overview, the system includes an implant, an envelope enclosing the implant, a delivery assembly and an attachment piece for attaching the envelope or implant to the delivery assembly. The envelope may include a drug coating, positioning aids, and means to ease envelope removal. In one embodiment, the delivery assembly is employed for implant and/or envelope delivery inside the patient's body. In another embodiment, the delivery assembly and an attachment piece are employed to deliver the implant or the envelope inside the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry N. Gellman, Jianmin Li, Armand Morin, Jozef Slanda, Richard C. Tah
  • Patent number: 8127768
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating pelvic organ prolapse, comprising a main body adapted to provide pelvic organ support when inserted into a vagina; and, an applicator for inserting the main body into a vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: ConTIPI Ltd.
    Inventor: Elan Ziv
  • Patent number: 8123773
    Abstract: A balloon tamponade catheter for controlling uterine postpartum hemorrhage has an elongated body with a balloon at a marginal distal end of the elongated body for insertion into the uterus. The balloon preferably has a pear-shaped appearance. The balloon may have a first hemisphere that is located on the catheter distal to second, smaller hemisphere. The first hemisphere has a plane of maximum diameter that is larger than the second hemisphere's plane of maximum diameter. Between the two planes of maximum diameter, the balloon comprises a transition section. In some cases, the transition section bows inward towards the elongated body when the balloon is uninflated and/or inflated. Additionally, the elongated body preferably does not extend distally past the distal end of the first hemisphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Utah Medical Products Inc.
    Inventor: Ben D. Shirley
  • Patent number: 8114466
    Abstract: A method of applying a coating material to a stent includes the steps of providing a generally tubular stent having an inside surface and an outside surface and applying a coating material to the inside surface of the stent without applying that coating material to the outside surface of the stent. The method may comprise providing a mandrel having a diameter less than an interior diameter of the stent, providing the coating material around the mandrel, placing the stent around the mandrel and crimping the stent so that the inside surface of the stent contacts the coating material. Alternatively, the method may comprise providing an expandable device, providing the expandable device with the coating material such that the coating material is deliverable from the expandable device, placing the stent around the expandable device and expanding the expandable device such that the expandable device contacts the inside surface of the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy O'Connor