Nasal Dilator Patents (Class 606/199)
  • Patent number: 10321913
    Abstract: A method includes inserting into a patient organ a catheter including a position sensor, a device and a handle. The position sensor is attached to a distal end of the catheter. The device is movable along the catheter. The handle includes a control for navigating the device along the catheter to a target location in the patient organ. Based on a location of the position sensor, a target position of the control on the handle that corresponds to the target location of the device is estimated. A marker is set to mark the target position of the control on the handle, and the device is navigated to the target location by setting the control to the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Akram Zoabi, Fady Massarwi
  • Patent number: 10219934
    Abstract: The present invention provides a nasal dilator including: two intranasal stents (1) and a connecting band (2), wherein each of two ends of the connecting band (2) being symmetrically connected to one intranasal stent (1), each intranasal stent (1) having an elastic band-shape structure, each intranasal stent (1) has a straight-line shape, an arc-line shape, a bow shape, or a fold-line shape in a cross section perpendicular to a width direction of the elastic banded structure, each intranasal stent (1), along a length direction of the elastic band-shape structure, comprises: a nasal septum supporting section (3), a bending section (4), and a nasal alar dilating section (5), each intranasal stent (1) has a generally C-shape in a cross-section perpendicular to a central axis of nasal passages, wherein an opening of the C-shape faces towards a nasal base (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Lei Wang
  • Patent number: 9895252
    Abstract: A rhinological implant for straightening the nasal septum is fastened on both sides of a septum (S), separating left and right sides of a nasal cavity of a human nose, on the outer surface of the septum (S), in the left and the right sides of the nasal cavity. Before implantation, the implant is folded up from an initially flat blank into an implantable three-dimensional shape. The implant has a central back section which in an implanted state wraps around the free lower edge of the septum. Two side sections are provided on either side of the central back section to extend symmetrically with respect to the central back section. In the implanted state, the two side sections bear via the entire surface against the two diametrically opposed outer surfaces of the septum (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Heinz Kurz GmbH Medizintechnik
    Inventors: Daniel Felix Àwengen, Uwe Steinhardt
  • Patent number: 9782289
    Abstract: A sinus passage expansion device includes a pair of protruding tubular members connected to a base member. Each tubular member is split into hollow half portions each providing outwardly bulging forms which emulate an inner profile of a nasal cavity. The members are preferably made using a material having shape changing temperature sensitive properties. The base provides screen-covered apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Farhoud Z. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 9775738
    Abstract: A nasal dilator comprises magnets. The nasal dilator is a set comprising two bodies. Each of the two bodies has a first leg having at a distal portion thereof a magnet; and a second leg connected to the first leg via a bridge comprising flexible material. Each of the two bodies are designed so as to allow said body to be clamped to an ala nasi of a human nose between the distal portions of said first leg and said second leg. The magnets of the bodies are aligned such that with a body clamped to the ala nasi of a nose, the magnet is oriented at an angle to a plane defined by the ala nasi area clamped between said two distal portions of said first leg and second leg. Thanks to the repelling action of the magnets, the alae nasi are pushed apart, resulting in improved ease of breathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Andre
  • Patent number: 9776025
    Abstract: A nasal insert including an antimicrobial agent is inserted into the nose to eliminate or reduce undesirable microbes in the area just inside the nose. Pads of the nasal insert can be formed from a blended polymer compound with a microbial agent. Processing of the pre-polymer results in the microbial agent being trapped in the polymer. A blowing agent or CO2 gas can be introduced in the process after decompression, and before molding to improve attraction of liquid born microbes to the nasal insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Al Santelli, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9724228
    Abstract: A fixture is provided for attachment to a device to be inserted into a nasal cavity. Further, the fixture is a nasal cavity insertion device fixture formed of a wire rod. The fixture includes a first wire rod part, a second wire rod part, and a third wire rod part. The second wire rod part is connected to the first wire rod part and formed by folding back the wire rod so as to be opposed to the first wire rod part. The third wire rod part is connected to the second wire rod part and formed by bending the wire rod so as to be disposed oppositely to a side of the second wire rod part facing the first wire rod part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: seven dreamers laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamada, Yosuke Taniguchi, Yoshiki Hattori, Kenji Hioki, Shinichi Sakane
  • Patent number: 9492309
    Abstract: A nasal cavity insertion device is provided that includes a tubular main body part, at least one elastically deforming part disposed on the outer peripheral surface of the tubular main body part, and a water soluble holding part. The water soluble holding part holds the elastically deforming part in a diameter-reduced state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: seven dreamers laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamada, Yosuke Taniguchi, Yoshiki Hattori, Kenji Hioki, Kae Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9486353
    Abstract: A spring-biased nasal molding device for presurgical molding of cleft lip deformities, the device having a V-shaped spring member joined to a pair of intra-nasal shaping members for insertion in a nostril, and having an extra-nasal shaping member to be positioned external to the nostril connected to each intra-nasal shaping member, wherein the intra-nasal and extra-nasal shaping members are brought together by the spring member to mold the nasal anatomy into the desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SEATTLE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
    Inventor: Richard A. Hopper
  • Patent number: 9474642
    Abstract: A nasal breathing assist device includes one or two open-ended tubular elements each extending along a central tube axis between a relatively large first end and a relatively small second end, and at least one non-resilient tab extends from the first end toward the second end of the tubular element. In embodiments with two tubular elements, a coupler element extends between the first ends of the tubular elements. Each tubular element may further include a liner-shaped filter having a liner portion extending along a central axis between a relatively large end and a relatively small end, and a filter medium spanning at least one of the relatively large end and the relatively small end. The filter is adapted to snap-fit in the tubular element. The tubular element may further include at least one stiffening element affixed to the tubular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SANOSTEC CORP
    Inventors: Ernest Santin, Louise S. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 9364367
    Abstract: A nasal dilator is constructed as a single body truss having a resilient member structure comprising a plurality of overlaid, island-placed, or overlapping resilient members. Methods of mass producing dilator devices, individual resilient members, and overlapped, overlaid, and island-placed resilient member structures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Corbett Lair, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph V. Ierulli
  • Patent number: 9339637
    Abstract: A balloon dilation catheter includes a substantially rigid inner guide member and a movable shaft coupled to a balloon that is slidably mounted on the substantially rigid inner guide member. To treat a sinus cavity of a subject using the balloon dilation the substantially rigid inner guide member is advanced into a drainage pathway of the sinus (e.g., frontal recess) of the subject via a nasal passageway. The shaft and balloon are advanced in a distal direction over the substantially rigid inner guide member to place the balloon in the drainage pathway. The balloon is inflated to expand or otherwise remodel the drainage pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: ENTELLUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: John R. Drontle, Anthony J. Hanson
  • Patent number: 9283106
    Abstract: A breathing system is provided which enhances the ability of a user to breathe through the user's nasal passageways. The breathing system generally includes a bridge member and a pair of nasal appliques which are attachable to the lateral portions of the user's nose. The bridge member is positionable adjacent the appliques to activate the system and impart a dilating force onto the user's nose. The system may be deactivated by removing the bridge member from the appliques, and thereby removing the dilating force from the user's nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: James D. Castillo
  • Patent number: 9259501
    Abstract: A nasal insert including an antimicrobial agent is inserted into the nose to eliminate or reduce undesirable microbes in the area just inside the nose. Pads of the nasal insert can be formed from a blended polymer compound with a microbial agent. Processing of the pre-polymer results in the microbial agent being trapped in the polymer. A blowing agent or CO2 gas can be introduced in the process after decompression, and before molding to improve attraction of liquid born microbes to the nasal insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Al Santelli, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9205239
    Abstract: An improved adjustable nasal dilator device insertable within the nasal cavity of a human being to improve the flow of air through the nasal passage. The device includes a body, a top and bottom frame ends interconnected by a series of spaced flexible ribs. The top and bottom frame ends are open and substantially circular, and the diameter of the bottom frame end is greater than the corresponding diameter of the top frame end to provide a body shape for convenient insertion within a nasal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: ASAP Breathe Assist Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Paz Maryanka
  • Patent number: 9123476
    Abstract: A tab lead including a first insulating film made of resin is adhered to one of surfaces of a part of a region of a metal plate in a length direction of the metal plate and a second insulating film made of resin is adhered to the other surface of the part of the region. Both end portions of the first insulating film and both end portions of the second insulating film are integrally welded to each other. First protruding portions protruding outward in a thickness direction of the first insulating film are formed at regions of the first insulating film corresponding to both widthwise side edges of the metal plate and vicinities thereof. Second protruding portions protruding outward in a thickness direction of the second insulating film are formed at regions of the second insulating film corresponding to both widthwise side edges of the metal plate and vicinities thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Showa Denko Packaging Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hata, Takurou Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150119923
    Abstract: A gripping system for use in treating the sinus cavity is described. The system includes a handle for single handed operation that includes access to the sinus cavity and treatment by dilation of an anatomical passageway within the ear, nose or throat. The handle contains a guide catheter or seeker for proper placement of the system and further includes a balloon catheter cartridge for treatment of the cavity. The handle may further contain a guidewire cartridge to ensure proper access of the cavity or a stabilizing feature for incorporation of an endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jessica M. Liberatore, Thomas R. Jenkins, Arthur M. Lin, Randy J. Kesten
  • Patent number: 9017360
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device and method for facilitating air flow in the nasal passage of a domestic animal. The nasal support device (NSD) disclosed herein is useful for facilitating air flow during rest, physical exertion, respiratory ailment, etc. The NSD secures to the nose of a domestic animal to support the unsupported lateral vestibular walls of the nasal passages by lifting or stenting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: WinEase LLC
    Inventors: Edward L. Blach, James R. Chiapetta
  • Patent number: 9005284
    Abstract: A method of dilating an infundibular space within the human head includes directing at least a distal portion of an elongate member of a medical device into a nasal cavity of the human head, the distal portion including a piercing tip and an expandable portion. The piercing tip is directed through tissue of an uncinate process or tissue near an uncinate process and into an ethmoid infundibulum and the expandable portion of the distal end is expanded within the ethmoid infundibulum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Entellus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas V. Ressemann
  • Publication number: 20150094609
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a device having a first member and a second member coupled to the first member where the second member is configured to modify a configuration of a human or animal orifice or conduit. In some embodiments, the first member is a shaft and the second member is an inflatable membrane system configured to facilitate inflation or deflation of the inflatable membrane system. In some embodiments, the first member is a U-shaped member with end members configured for insertion to an internal nasal valve. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Alan L. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 8986201
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Spiway LLC
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A Bly
  • Patent number: 8986341
    Abstract: Described here are self-expanding devices and methods of using and making them. The devices may be useful in a variety of locations within the body, for a number of different uses. In some variations, the devices have a first compressed configuration enabling low profile delivery through a delivery device, a second expanded configuration for apposition against tissue, and comprise either a single continuous filament or at least two non-intersecting filaments. In some variations, the device is formed into a shape having a series of peaks and valleys. At least one of the peaks and valleys may have a loop at then end thereof. At least a portion of these devices may be capable of biodegrading over a predetermined period of time, and the devices may be configured for drug delivery. Methods of treating one or more sinus cavities are also described here.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Intersect ENT, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Abbate, Bin Huang, Gail M. Zaler, David C. Gale, Richard E. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8986340
    Abstract: A balloon dilation catheter includes a substantially rigid inner guide member and a movable shaft coupled to a balloon that is slidably mounted on the substantially rigid inner guide member. To treat a sinus cavity of a subject using the balloon dilation the substantially rigid inner guide member is advanced into a drainage pathway of the sinus (e.g., frontal recess) of the subject via a nasal passageway. The shaft and balloon are advanced in a distal direction over the substantially rigid inner guide member to place the balloon in the drainage pathway. The balloon is inflated to expand or otherwise remodel the drainage pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Entellus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Drontle, Anthony J. Hanson
  • Patent number: 8974486
    Abstract: Methods and devices for maintaining nasal passages open after nasal surgery are provided. The post-operative device includes a first tubular member with a first proximal end and a first distal end, and a second tubular member with a second proximal end and a second distal end, where the first proximal end is connected to the second proximal end with a bridging member. The method includes inserting the post-operative device into the nasal passages and before, during or after inserting the device into the nasal passages, adjusting the medical device to accommodate the nasal passages by manipulating a flexible member of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Kotler
  • Publication number: 20150065810
    Abstract: Dilators and methods for dilating a stenotic recess of a frontal sinus in a subject using minimally invasive insertion procedures are provided. Also provided are devices and methods for inserting said dilator into a stenotic opening of a paranasal sinus in a subject. The dilators, devices and methods can be used to treat sinusitis and other nasal and/or sinus disorders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: David E. Edgren, William Jason Fox, Jerome E. Hester, Thomas A. Schreck, Curtis Leslie Rieser
  • Publication number: 20150066071
    Abstract: A nasal dilator and bougie is disclosed. The dilator includes, for example, an elongated member terminating in an end and a slidable member having a terminal end movable to the end of the elongated member in a first position. A dilation portion at the end of the elongated member has a first diameter and a second diameter greater than the first diameter when the slidable member is in the first position. An actuator can move the slidable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ian J. Alexander, Brian D. Owens
  • Patent number: 8961398
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures, endoscopic methods and apparatus for endoscopic visualization of structures within the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, navigation devices for use in conjunction with image guidance or navigation system and hand held devices having pistol type grips and other handpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, Ketan P. Muni, John H. Morriss, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Julia D. Vrany
  • Publication number: 20150051636
    Abstract: A nasal dilator capable of introducing separating forces in the nasal outer wall tissue, has a resilient member, and a pair of spaced-apart end surfaces which can be forced toward one another from an initial flat position of the dilator to thereby substantially reduce the direct spacing therebetween by an external spacing reducing force. This results in restoring forces in the dilator tending to return it to the original direct spacing between the end surfaces. The resilient member, which is asymmetrical with respect to a centerline of the dilator that is parallel to the long axis of the dilator, has an extended surface at each end surface of the dilator which increases the adhesive surface area. The extended surface is located at each end surface of the resilient member on the side opposite the nose ala (wings) and above the alar furrow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Hanford N. Lockwood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150039014
    Abstract: Devices, kits, and methods of treatment are described. More particularly, methods of treating tissue of a passage wall defining a bodily passage, such as a sinus cavity, airway, or sinus passage are described. An exemplary method utilizes an elongate member having an elongate member proximal end, elongate member distal end, and an elongate member body that defines a curve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Darin Schaeffer, Daniel Dalenberg
  • Publication number: 20150018616
    Abstract: A medical treatment instrument includes a tube-shaped elongated main body; and an insertion guide part mounted to a distal end of the elongated main body. The insertion guide part includes a frame body mounted to a distal portion of the elongated main body; and a flexible bridge portion which is disposed so as to bridge points of an end edge of the frame body, the flexible bridge portion including a linear body or band-shaped body projecting in a distal direction beyond the elongated main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Kenichi KUMOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20150000675
    Abstract: A nasal breathing aid includes a base portion and two extending diverging arms. The arms, near their base include inward facing contact elements which are adapted to “pinch” the vomer bone within the nose. The arms, at their outer ends, include outward facing contact elements which are adapted to apply pressure to the inner wall of the nostrils, urging a wider passageway through the nostrils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: JAMES KALLIKOUNIS, ANDREW KALLIKOUNIS
  • Publication number: 20150005806
    Abstract: A rhinoplasty appliance is provided that may be custom-molded to a patient's nasal anatomy, including the nostrils, to maintain the corrected contour of the nostrils after rhinoplastic surgery. The rhinoplasty appliance may include a support wire; a first and second wire flanges; a first and second nostril insertion portions, each having a passage and an aperture to permit flow of air and drainage; a connecting structure to maintain the position of the nostril insertion portions in relation to each other, and to provide support and protection for the columella. The first and second wire flange may help to secure the rhinoplasty appliance in position on the patient's face, and improve retention of the first and second nostril insertion portions in the patient's nostrils. The support wire may be provided as added support for the connecting structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Martha L. MEJIA
  • Publication number: 20140358177
    Abstract: Devices that are adapted to insert a sinus dilator into a stenotic opening of a paranasal sinus of a subject using minimally invasive dilator insertion procedures are provided. The devices and methods can be used to treat sinusitis and other nasal and/or sinus disorders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas A. Schreck, Jerome E. Hester, David E. Edgren, William Jason Fox, Curtis Leslie Rieser
  • Publication number: 20140343498
    Abstract: Devices and methods for locating sinus ostia and positioning a guide wire within the sinus ostia. The subject devices include a shaft having a distal end, a proximal end, a curved region located between the distal and proximal ends, and an interior channel, an extensible and retractable guide wire movably mounted within the interior channel and a probe tip joined to the guide wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: John H. Morriss, Joshua Makower, Carlos F. Fernandez, Eric Goldfarb, Thomas R. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8882795
    Abstract: A balloon dilation catheter includes a substantially rigid inner guide member and a movable shaft coupled to a balloon that is slidably mounted on the substantially rigid inner guide member. To treat a sinus cavity of a subject using the balloon dilation the substantially rigid inner guide member is advanced into a drainage pathway of the sinus (e.g., frontal recess) of the subject via a nasal passageway. The shaft and balloon are advanced in a distal direction over the substantially rigid inner guide member to place the balloon in the drainage pathway. The balloon is inflated to expand or otherwise remodel the drainage pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Entellus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Drontle, Anthony J. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20140326244
    Abstract: Device for relieving the symptoms of nasal allergies, which comprises a single, one-piece body formed by two tubular elements connected by an intermediate bridge, which elements are provided in order to be inserted into the nasal cavities. The tubular elements have continuous or discontinuous external projections such that at least one free passage is created over the entire height of the tubular element, which allows the evacuation of fluids from the nose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Best Breathe Company, S.L.
    Inventors: David Orts Paya, Jose Moles Moles, Cesar Alberto Mira, Francisco Jose Rico Sanchis, Jose Pascual Berenguer Rico, Jose Antonio Ribera Juan
  • Patent number: 8858587
    Abstract: A nasal dilator manufacturing process reduces waste by cutting nested strips of flexible resilient members interconnected by waste webs from a sheet of resilient-layer material. The nested strips are incorporated into a fabrication matrix with other layers (e.g. base or cover layers), then individual nasal dilators are formed by cutting through the matrix around a peripheral outline of a dilator, said cutting severing the nested strips that are part of the fabrication matrix near the waste webs between the flexible resilient members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Corbett Lair, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Vincent Ierulli
  • Patent number: 8852224
    Abstract: Therapeutic delivery systems are provided which, in a first embodiment, contain a plurality of multiphase capsules in which first and second therapeutic agents are contained in separate phases within said multiphase capsules, and are disposed to deliver said first and therapeutic agents by at least two different delivery mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Peter J. Cronk, Kristen Cronk
  • Publication number: 20140296904
    Abstract: A nasal dilator comprises magnets. The nasal dilator is a set comprising two bodies. Each of the two bodies has a first leg having at a distal portion thereof a magnet; and a second leg connected to the first leg via a bridge comprising flexible material. Each of the two bodies are designed so as to allow said body to be clamped to an ala nasi of a human nose between the distal portions of said first leg and said second leg. The magnets of the bodies are aligned such that with a body clamped to the ala nasi of a nose, the magnet is oriented at an angle to a plane defined by the ala nasi area clamped between said two distal portions of said first leg and second leg. Thanks to the repelling action of the magnets, the alae nasi are pushed apart, resulting in improved ease of breathing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Andre
  • Publication number: 20140296898
    Abstract: Sinusitis and other disorders of the ear, nose and throat are diagnosed and/or treated using minimally invasive approaches with flexible or rigid instruments. Various methods and devices are used for remodeling or changing the shape, size or configuration of a sinus ostium or duct or other anatomical structure in the ear, nose or throat; implanting a device, cells or tissues; removing matter from the ear, nose or throat; delivering diagnostic or therapeutic substances or performing other diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Introducing devices (e.g., guide catheters, tubes, guidewires, elongate probes, other elongate members) may be used to facilitate insertion of working devices (e.g. catheters e.g. balloon catheters, guidewires, tissue cutting or remodeling devices, devices for implanting elements like stents, electrosurgical devices, energy emitting devices, devices for delivering diagnostic or therapeutic agents, substance delivery implants, scopes etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: John Y. Chang, Joshua Makower, Julia D. Vrany, John H. Morriss, Ketan P. Muni, Isaac J. Kim, Hung V. Ha, William M. Facteau, Amrish Jayprakash Walke
  • Patent number: 8834511
    Abstract: The present invention relates to external devices for dilating nasal passageways and to the manufacture thereof. More specifically, the external nasal dilator of the present invention usually comprises a resilient sheet, an adhesive layer, and an adhesive-protecting sheet. In some embodiments of the external nasal dilator, the resilient sheet defines a groove for reducing the peel force that results from bending the dilator over the bridge of the nose. In addition to the groove or in lieu thereof, some embodiments of the external nasal dilator comprise a nasal passage region having a reduced width to reduce the peel force. Finally, the dilator can comprise a sheet of adhesive tape, which in some embodiments can provide an instant tack surface to facilitate application of the dilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: GlaxoSmithKline, LLC
    Inventors: Randel B. Holmes, Dennis White
  • Patent number: 8834513
    Abstract: A method of treating a sinus cavity of a subject includes advancing a distal portion of a light source through a drainage pathway of a sinus cavity and into the sinus cavity and visually observing a transdermal light emitted from the light source. A distal portion of a substantially rigid inner guide member of a balloon dilation catheter is advanced into the drainage pathway, the balloon dilation catheter including a movable shaft including a balloon that is slidably mounted on the substantially rigid inner guide member. The movable shaft and balloon are advanced distally over the substantially rigid inner guide member to place a portion of the balloon in the drainage pathway whereby the balloon is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Entellus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Hanson, John R. Drontle, Chad Harris, Matthew Higgins
  • Patent number: 8834512
    Abstract: One embodiment of a nasal dilator comprises a pair of pads (100), supported by arms (110, 112) surrounding an air passage (115). Each arm has a bend portion (120) and a pad (121) that grips a wearer's septum (615). Leg portions (125, 125?) extend down from the arms and are connected by a bight that surrounds the wearer's columella (620). The dilator is installed by gripping an optional handle (130) or the bight and inserting the pads and the arms into both nostrils. The dilator is urged upward and inward until the inner side of the bight touches the wearer's columella. To remove the dilator, the user grips the handle or bight and gently pulls downward until the dilator is removed. In an alternative embodiment, optional cushions (102, 122) soften the contact points between the dilator and the user's nasal structures and can supply medications through the user's nasal membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: International Patent Development Group, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. M. Brown, Brian A. Brown
  • Patent number: 8834514
    Abstract: A medical device includes a one-piece resiliently biased band of base material having opposite first and second side surfaces and an adhesive material for temporarily adhesively securing the band to a user's skin. The band can include a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis that intersects the longitudinal axis. Moreover, the band can include first and second lateral portions disposed on opposite sides of the lateral axis. The lateral portions are mirror images of each other such that the band is symmetrical relative to the lateral axis. Each of the lateral portions include a central portion and first and second extending portions spaced apart from each other on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis of the band and extending away from the central portion. Each of the extending portions further include a perimeter edge defining a portion of an edge of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: David William Smith
  • Patent number: 8821575
    Abstract: Methods and devices for rhinoplasty and treating nasal valve stenosis are disclosed herein. The nasal valve acts as a flow-limiter and can contribute to airway obstruction if resistance within the nasal valve is excessive. In one embodiment, a system for treating nasal valve stenosis includes a first elongate implant and a second elongate implant configured to support the nasal valves when implanted. The implants can be coupled together by connecting elements, such as eyelets, tethers, complementary socket joints, and button-rivet supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Erik Van Der Burg, Michael Dineen, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Andrew Frazier, Chad Roue
  • Patent number: 8795314
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device and method for facilitating air flow in the nasal passages of a mammal. The nasal support device (NSD) disclosed herein is useful for facilitating air flow during rest, physical exertion, respiratory ailment, etc. The NSD overlies the nose and provides support for maintaining the nasal passages open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: WinEase LLC
    Inventors: Edward L. Blach, James R. Chiapetta
  • Publication number: 20140207173
    Abstract: A medical treatment tool includes a bendable tube configured to be inserted into a body of a patient; and an operating body disposed in the insertion tube and configured to cause bending of the bendable tube, the operating body including: a plurality of divided members that are divided from each other along axially extending edges of the divided member, portions of the divided member forming a tubular structure, and an annular connecting portion that connects distal portions of the divided members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru SUEHARA
  • Patent number: 8784488
    Abstract: A method for non-surgically treating an internal nasal valve of a patient comprising, injecting a working device into the internal nasal valve of the patient, wherein the injected working device in the nasal tissue causes an alteration of an internal or external nasal valve. A device introduced by injection into the nose, allowing for structural support or filling of defects in the nose, and causing a change in external shape of the nose. The device and inserts and implants described also have use in cosmetic applications relating to the facial tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Spirox, Inc.
    Inventor: Iyad Saidi
  • Patent number: 8771311
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use in a sinus lift includes a substantially cylindrical sleeve which is sealingly insertable into a bore of a jawbone. The sleeve has a lumen and is formed with an inlet channel and an outlet port which is in fluid communication with the lumen. A vibration unit is operatively connected to the instrument for transmitting vibrations into the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: JEDER GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Eder
  • Patent number: 8764786
    Abstract: A set of sinus balloon catheters are provided for treating a patient's paranasal sinus system, including dilating prepared openings, and natural ostia and ducts and excising sinus cavities. These include a balloon catheter with a bend placing a distal segment at 90° to a proximal segment and a balloon catheter which is substantially straight. The catheters have sufficient stiffness and column strength that the balloon carrying distal segment of the catheter can be pushed into the prepared opening, natural ostium or duct, or sinus to be excised. The catheters have appropriate inflated working diameters and appropriate outer diameters with the balloon deflated that will enable the catheter to be pushed into the respective prepared opening, natural ostium or duct, or sinus cavity to be excised. The methods use the balloon catheters to dilate prepared openings to selected parts of the sinus system, to dilate natural ostia and ducts of the sinus system, and/or to dilate sinus cavities to remove them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce B. Becker