With Anchor Means Patents (Class 607/126)
  • Patent number: 12011594
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods for robotically assisted implantation of an implant in a patient. A system includes an external positioning unit configured to engage an elongate member of the implant, and a control console communicatively coupled to the external positioning unit. The control console may have a user interface that enables a user to input motion control instructions. The control console may generate a motion control signal, according to a specific motion control instruction, to control the external positioning unit to propel the implant into a target implant site. The system may be used to robotically control the delivery and positioning of a cochlear implant during a hearing-preservation cochlear implant surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: IotaMotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kaufmann, Adam Hahn, Allan Henslee, Marlan Hansen, Eric Timko
  • Patent number: 11833359
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide a bulkhead anchor configuration in which an anchor body includes flexure finger members and a radial bulkhead operable in cooperation to impart a radial compressive force to a corresponding lead body are described. A first portion of a bulkhead anchor body may comprise a plurality of flexure finger members disposed in a corolla configuration forming an anchor lumen through which a lead body may be inserted. A second portion of the bulkhead anchor body may comprise a radial bulkhead having a flexure profile configured to operatively engage the flexure finger members. A locking mechanism may be used to retain the first and second portions of the bulkhead anchor in their relative positions such that the radial compressive force is maintained upon the lead body indefinitely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Dawson, Adam Jackson, Aaron Raines, Manasi Reardon
  • Patent number: 11833358
    Abstract: A medical device for treating cardiac rhythm disorders, and a cardiac implantation device and a pacing system. The cardiac implantation device includes: a first connecting member having an end configured to be coupled to a pacemaker; and N support struts, each of the N support struts having a proximal end coupled to the other end of the first connecting member. The support struts are provided thereon with anchor(s) configured to secure during implantation. Distal ends of the support struts are free and are able to radiate outwardly or converge inwardly. The pacing system includes the implantation device and a pacemaker. A leadless pacemaker can be implanted into the superior vena cava in order to achieve atrial sensing and pacing. Moreover, the leadless pacemaker can be more easily retrieved after long-term implantation at a high success rate, promoting the application of leadless pacemakers and enhancing patients' use experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: MICROPORT SOARING CRM (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiangkai Sun
  • Patent number: 11826523
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a magnetic navigation-guided tear-away sheath for cardiac conduction bundle pacing, including a sheath body and a joint fixedly connected to a rear end of the sheath body. The sheath body includes a front flexible section and a rear fixed section, and the front flexible section is freely bendable. An outer surface near a head end of the front flexible section is provided with a plurality of pairs of half-ring magnets, two half-ring magnets in each pair of half-ring magnets are symmetrically disposed and form a ring, and a gap is kept between the two half-ring magnets. The head end of the front flexible section is provided with three electrodes uniformly disposed in a circumferential direction, and the three electrodes can be freely combined two by two, to form three electrode pairs used to record and position an intracardiac potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Wuxi People's Hospital
    Inventors: Changying Zhang, Shipeng Dang, Ruxing Wang, Kulin Li, Xiaoyu Liu, Jie Zheng
  • Patent number: 11806152
    Abstract: A catheter may be adapted to map a chamber of the heart. The catheter may include a magnetic and/or ultrasound sensor for navigation. The body of the catheter may be pliable and configured to form a predetermined shape upon exiting a catheter sheath. Upon exiting the catheter sheath, the catheter body may be configured to form one or more loops, and the loops may be non-overlapping loops. In some examples, the non-overlapping loops may be concentric loops. Alternatively, the catheter body may be configured to form one or more splines. The catheter body may include an embedded electrode assembly. The electrodes of the electrode assembly may be may be arranged in one or more rows and configured to detect a wave front. The electrode assembly may also be configured to generate and activation sequence and determine a direction of an activation source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL), LTD.
    Inventors: Ziyad Zeidan, Gal Hayam
  • Patent number: 11766571
    Abstract: A retention device for use with an implantable medical device (IMD) may comprise an elongate body including a configured to receive the lead of the IMD. The retention device may also include securing mechanisms coupled to the elongate body and configured to push against tissue of a patient. The securing mechanisms may also include linking elements coupled to the elongate body and a portion of the securing mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: G. Shantanu Reddy, Benjamin Michael Nitti, Bryan Peter Nelson, Christopher Alan Fuhs, Andrew L. De Kock, Peter Hall
  • Patent number: 11559679
    Abstract: A fixation mechanism of an implantable lead includes a plurality of depressions of an outermost surface of the lead and a relatively flexible sleeve mounted around the outermost surface. The depressions are spaced apart from one another along a length, and each extends circumferentially, wherein a longitudinal center-to-center spacing between each adjacent depression is uniform along the length, and each depression is of substantially the same size. The sleeve has an internal surface in sliding engagement with the outermost surface of the lead, and an external surface, in which suture grooves are formed. A longitudinal center-to-center spacing between adjacent suture grooves may be substantially the same as, or a multiple of, the longitudinal center-to-center spacing between adjacent depressions of the outermost surface of the lead. The sleeve may also include a ridge protruding from the internal surface, aligned with, or offset (by center-to-center spacing of depressions) from, the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Seifert, Maggie J. Pistella, Thomas D. Brostrom, Keith D. Anderson, Gareth Morgan
  • Patent number: 11511122
    Abstract: Devices and methods for providing neurostimulation to a patient, particularly in trial systems assessing suitability of a permanently implanted neurostimulation. Such trial systems can utilize a trial neurostimulation lead that includes a coiled conductor coupled to a proximal contact connector that is coupled with an external pulse generator. The trial neurostimulation lead can be a coiled conductor of a closed wound configuration that can be stretched to form an open coil portion or gaps between adjacent coils to provide more resistance to migration or regression of the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Axonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Lee, David Marvicsin, Trishna Dave
  • Patent number: 11464987
    Abstract: An implantable medical device includes a device housing, a fixation device, a first prong projecting from a proximal end of the device housing and a second prong projecting from the proximal end of the device housing. The second prong is spaced apart from the first prong. The first prong includes a first flange projecting away from a longitudinal axis of the device housing. The second prong includes a second flange projecting away from the longitudinal axis. The first prong and the second prong are configured to extend to a first flange diameter in a relaxed configuration and to extend to a second flange diameter in an expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur J. Foster, Benjamin J. Haasl
  • Patent number: 11433232
    Abstract: Anchoring mechanisms for an implantable electrical medical lead that is positioned within a substernal space are disclosed. The anchoring mechanisms fixedly-position a distal portion of the lead, that is implanted in the substernal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy E. Thompson-Nauman, Melissa G. T. Christie
  • Patent number: 11426578
    Abstract: A pacemaker has a housing and a therapy delivery circuit enclosed by the housing for generating pacing pulses for delivery to a patient's heart. An electrically insulative distal member is coupled directly to the housing and at least one non-tissue piercing cathode electrode is coupled directly to the insulative distal member. A tissue piercing electrode extends away from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongping Yang, Becky L. Dolan, Xin Chen, Thomas A. Anderson, Berthold Stegemann, Maurice Verbeek
  • Patent number: 11413450
    Abstract: An introducing device for locating a tissue region and deploying an electrode is shown and described. The introducing device may include an outer sheath. An inner sheath may be disposed within the outer sheath. The inner sheath may be configured to engage an implantable electrode. In an example, the inner sheath may comprise a stimulation probe having an uninsulated portion at or near a distal end of the delivery sheath. The outer sheath may be coupled to a power source or stimulation signal generating circuitry at a proximal end. A clinician may control application of the stimulation signal to a tissue region via the outer sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: SPR Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Boggs, II, Amorn Wongsarnpigoon, Matthew G. deBock, Meredith J. McGee, Devin Sell, Robert B. Strother, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11406834
    Abstract: An adapter includes a first connector, a second connector, and a circuit that reverses a polarity of a signal received at the first connector. Moreover, a lead includes a connector including a cathode terminal and an anode terminal, an electrode including a tip and a ring, and a circuit that connects the anode terminal of the connector to the tip of the electrode and that connects the cathode terminal of the connector to the ring of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Morton M. Mower
  • Patent number: 11253696
    Abstract: An illustrative anchoring mechanism is provided for attachment to an implantable subcutaneous lead to facilitate anchoring at the distal tip of the lead. The anchoring mechanism is attached to an opening in a distal portion of a subcutaneous lead prior to implantation. The anchoring mechanism may be designed to avoid covering the sensing electrode of the subcutaneous lead, to prevent interference with sensing. Use of such an apparatus may reduce the number of incisions needed to perform implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: G. Shantanu Reddy, Andrew L. De Kock, Christopher Alan Fuhs, Jay Overcash, Garth Mindermann
  • Patent number: 11202915
    Abstract: A retention device for use with an implantable medical device (IMD) are disclosed. An illustrative retention device may comprise an elongate body including a configured to receive the lead of the IMD. The retention device may also include securing mechanisms coupled to the elongate body and configured to push against tissue of a patient. The securing mechanisms may also include linking elements coupled to the elongate body and a portion of the securing mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: G. Shantanu Reddy, Benjamin Michael Nitti, Bryan Peter Nelson, Christopher Alan Fuhs, Andrew L. De Kock, Peter Hall
  • Patent number: 11123546
    Abstract: Medical leads include distal tip anchors that are retained by fixation mechanisms of implantation tools. The fixation mechanism may include a fixed body that has features retaining the distal tip anchor. The fixation mechanism may include a movable body that can apply tension to the distal tip anchor to force the distal tip anchor to be released from the features of the fixed body. The movable body may include an axial portion that is received by an axial hole of the fixed body to allow for axial movement of the movable body to release the distal tip anchor. The fixation mechanism may instead include an elongated flexible body that passes through the distal tip anchor and is attached to the fixed body. Tension applied to the elongated body creates a releasing motion of the distal tip anchor to free the distal tip anchor from the features of the fixed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventor: Eric H. Bonde
  • Patent number: 11116966
    Abstract: Retention devices for use with an implantable medical device (IMD) are disclosed. An illustrative retention device may comprise an elongate body including a bore configured to receive and substantially surround an implantable lead of the IMD and an outer surface configured to receive a suture. The retention device may also include a securing mechanism configured to push against tissue of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: G. Shantanu Reddy, Andrew L. De Kock, Benjamin Michael Nitti
  • Patent number: 11083890
    Abstract: An implantable device, comprising: an end section, and at least one or a plurality of anchoring elements connected to the end section for anchoring the end section of the implantable device in the tissue of a patient, the anchoring element(s) extending in an extension direction of the anchoring element(s). The anchoring element(s): has an elastically compressible design; can be arranged in a compressed state in which it is folded toward the end section; and is designed to automatically move into an expanded state in which it projects from the end section at an angle of incidence. The anchoring element(s) comprises at least one first lamella and a second lamella connected to the first lamella, and wherein the two lamellae extend along the extension direction of the anchoring element(s) and include a first angle with one another in a plane perpendicular to the extension direction of the anchoring element(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jens Rump, Torsten Luther
  • Patent number: 11058873
    Abstract: Disclosed is an intra-cardiac implant, a device and a method for respectively implanting two connected intra-cardiac implants to two cardiac chambers at one time. The intra-cardiac implant comprises a columnar housing including a sidewall, a first terminal and a second terminal, a first connecting portion located at the first terminal of the housing and configured to connect with the implantation device; and a hook body mounted at the sidewall of the housing and comprising a fixed end on the sidewall and a free end stretching from the fixed end, wherein the hook body is configured to form a clamping structure with the sidewall, the free end comprises a tip on its top for piercing the myocardium, and the intra-cardiac implant is clamped between the hook body and the sidewall, so that the intra-cardiac implant is fixed on the myocardium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Chengjun Guo
  • Patent number: 11013915
    Abstract: Medical leads have one or more openly coiled filars and a distal body coupled to the openly coiled filars. The openly coiled filars provide a lead with compliance and elasticity while the distal body provides the firmness needed for placement and support of the electrodes. The openly coiled filars may transition to a linear distal portion that extends to the distal body, and the distal body may have proximal tines that fold proximally to become adjacent to the linear distal portion of the filars. The openly coiled filars may instead extend to the distal body and the proximal tines may be laterally arced to then fold against the lateral surface of the coiled filars. The tines may fold distally during explantation to allow the distal body to release and exit the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Eric H. Bonde, Phillip C. Falkner, Michael T. Hegland, Brian T. Stolz, Patrick D. Wells
  • Patent number: 10893902
    Abstract: A distal-end assembly of a medical device, the distal-end assembly includes a flexible substrate and electrical conductors. The flexible substrate is configured to be coupled to a distal end of an insertion tube. The electrical conductors are disposed on the flexible substrate and are shaped to form: (i) one or more electrodes, configured to exchange electrical signals with a proximal end of the medical device, and (ii) one or more printed filters shaped to form at least a resistor, which are disposed adjacently to at least one of the electrodes and are configured to filter signals in a predefined frequency range from the electrical signals exchanged between the at least one of the electrodes and the proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Beeckler, Assaf Govari
  • Patent number: 10857353
    Abstract: Implantable leadless pacing devices and medical device systems including an implantable leadless pacing device are disclosed. An example implantable leadless pacing device may include a pacing capsule. The pacing capsule may include a housing. The housing may have a proximal region and a distal region. A first electrode may be disposed along the distal region. One or more anchoring members may be coupled to the distal region. The anchoring members may each include a region with a compound curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Haasl, Dana Sachs, Keith R. Maile
  • Patent number: 10850092
    Abstract: Various configurations of systems that employ leadless electrodes to provide pacing therapy are provided. In one example, a system that provides multiple sites for pacing of myocardium of a heart includes wireless pacing electrode assemblies that are implantable at sites proximate the myocardium using a percutaneous, transluminal, catheter delivery system. Also disclosed are various configurations of such systems, wireless electrode assemblies, and delivery catheters for delivering and implanting the electrode assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Roger Hastings, Anupama Sadasiva, Michael J. Pikus, Graig L. Kveen
  • Patent number: 10835739
    Abstract: A stimulation lead anchoring system includes a lead anchor and a removable inner core. The lead anchor includes an anchor body that includes a lead lumen that extends longitudinally along the anchor body and is configured and arranged to receive a portion of an electrical stimulation lead. The removable inner core includes a core body that includes an inner lumen that extends longitudinally along the core body. The lead anchor and removable inner core are configured and arranged to expand the anchor body when a portion of the core body is inserted into the lead lumen to facilitate receiving the portion of the electrical stimulation lead into the lead lumen and inner lumen and slidably positioning the lead anchor along the lead. The anchor body is configured and arranged to engage the portion of the electrical stimulation lead upon withdrawal of the core body from the lead lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Neil Singh Sandhu
  • Patent number: 10780248
    Abstract: A needle-injection catheter includes a catheter body having a distal end, a proximal end, a stiff proximal portion, a flexible distal portion, and a delivery lumen extending therethrough. In a first embodiment, a straight injection needle extends coaxially from a distal tip of the flexible portion of the catheter body, and a plurality of penetration limiting elements positioned circumferentially about a base of the straight injection needle and configured to fold radially inwardly against a shaft of the needle when constrained in a tubular lumen and to extend radially outwardly when unconstrained. In a second embodiment, a helical needle extends from the distal tip of the flexible portion of the catheter body. The helical needle has at least one helical delivery lumen connected to receive an injectable substance from the delivery lumen of the catheter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BioCardia, Inc.
    Inventors: Wai Hsueh, Olin Jay Palmer, Scott Comiso, James B. Ross, Ken Vien, Julio Argentieri, Peter Altman
  • Patent number: 10688299
    Abstract: Devices and methods for peripheral nerve stimulation with an electrode assembly having a lead body with a tapered transition, at least one anchor, and at least one distal lead configured to connect to the lead body are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BioVentures, LLC
    Inventor: Erika Petersen
  • Patent number: 10603483
    Abstract: A fixation mechanism of an implantable lead includes a plurality of depressions of an outermost surface of the lead and a relatively flexible sleeve mounted around the outermost surface. The depressions are spaced apart from one another along a length, and each extends circumferentially, wherein a longitudinal center-to-center spacing between each adjacent depression is uniform along the length, and each depression is of substantially the same size. The sleeve has an internal surface in sliding engagement with the outermost surface of the lead, and an external surface, in which suture grooves are formed. A longitudinal center-to-center spacing between adjacent suture grooves may be substantially the same as, or a multiple of, the longitudinal center-to-center spacing between adjacent depressions of the outermost surface of the lead. The sleeve may also include a ridge protruding from the internal surface, aligned with, or offset (by center-to-center spacing of depressions) from, the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Seifert, Maggie J. Pistella, Thomas D. Brostrom, Keith D. Anderson, Gareth Morgan
  • Patent number: 10596358
    Abstract: Retention devices and methods are provided for drug delivery. The device may include a housing configured for intraluminal deployment into a human or animal subject and at least one reservoir contained within the housing. The at least one reservoir may have an actuation end and a release end and contain at least one drug formulation. A plug may be contained within the at least one reservoir and be moveable from the actuation end toward the release end. The device may also include an actuation system operably connected to the actuation end of the at least one reservoir and configured to drive the at least one drug formulation from the reservoir. The device may also include at least one retention member affixed to the housing and movable between a non-stressed position, a deployment position, and a retention position for retaining the device in an intraluminal location in the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David Mathew Johnson, Martin Sheridan, Scott A. Uhland, Ramkumar Abhishek, Eric Peeters, Timothy J. Curley, Felicia Linn, Philipp H. Schmaelzle
  • Patent number: 10537731
    Abstract: Implantation of a cardiac stimulus system into the mediastinum using the ITV. Superior, intercostal, and inferior access methods are discussed and disclosed. Superior access may be performed using the brachiocephalic vein to access the ITV, with access to the brachiocephalic vein achieved using subclavian vein, using standard visualization techniques. Inferior access may be accomplished inferior to the lower rib margin via the superior epigastric vein. Intercostal access may include creating an opening in an intercostal space between two ribs and advancing a needle using ultrasound guidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventor: G. Shantanu Reddy
  • Patent number: 10478620
    Abstract: A relatively compact implantable medical device includes a fixation member formed by a plurality of fingers mounted around a perimeter of a distal end of a housing of the device; each finger is elastically deformable from a relaxed condition to an extended condition, to accommodate delivery of the device to a target implant site, and from the relaxed condition to a compressed condition, to accommodate wedging of the fingers between opposing tissue surfaces at the target implant site, wherein the compressed fingers hold a cardiac pacing electrode of the device in intimate tissue contact for the delivery of pacing stimulation to the site. Each fixation finger is preferably configured to prevent penetration thereof within the tissue when the fingers are compressed and wedged between the opposing tissue surfaces. The pacing electrode may be mounted on a pacing extension, which extends distally from the distal end of the device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D Eggen, James K Carney, Matthew D Bonner, Vladimir Grubac, Douglas S Hine, Thomas D Brostrom, John L Sommer
  • Patent number: 10478067
    Abstract: Procedures, implantable wireless sensing devices, and sensor assemblies suitable for monitoring physiological parameters within living bodies. Such sensor assembly includes a sensing device and an anchor for securing the sensing device within a living body. The sensing device comprises a housing having at least one internal cavity and a transducer and electrical circuitry within the at least one internal cavity. The sensing device further comprises an antenna that is within the at least one internal cavity or outside the housing. The housing has at least one additional housing portion in which the transducer, the electrical circuitry, and the antenna are not located. The anchor has a metal portion that surrounds the at least one additional housing portion so as not to surround the transducer, the electrical circuitry, or the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Nader Najafi
  • Patent number: 10449354
    Abstract: An elongated implantable medical device for delivering electrical stimulation pulses to a patient includes a housing having a housing proximal end and a housing distal end and an electrical conductor having a conductor proximal end and a conductor distal end. The conductor distal end extends from the housing proximal end. The housing has a first fixation force at a first implant site after being implanted in a patient's body, and the conductor proximal end has a second fixation force at a second implant site after being implanted in a patient's body. The second fixation force is different than the first fixation force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Wade M Demmer, Matthew D Bonner, Vladimir Grubac
  • Patent number: 10390889
    Abstract: A removable navigation system for a medical device configured for insertion within a lumen in a body is provided. The removable navigation system includes a sheath operatively configured to cover at least a portion of the medical device, a positioning sensor affixed to the sheath and a deformable fixation element disposed between the sheath and the medical device. The deformable fixation element is operatively deformed to temporarily fix a position of the medical device relative to the sheath and positioning sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ST JUDE MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL HOLDING S.Á R.L.
    Inventor: Lior Sobe
  • Patent number: 10350417
    Abstract: An implantable medical device system includes an extracardiac sensing device and an intracardiac pacemaker. The sensing device senses a P-wave attendant to an atrial depolarization of the heart via housing-based electrodes carried by the sensing device when the sensing device is implanted outside the cardiovascular system and sends a trigger signal to the intracardiac pacemaker in response to sensing the P-wave. The intracardiac pacemaker detects the trigger signal and schedules a ventricular pacing pulse in response to the detected trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Cao, Paul J DeGroot, Todd J Sheldon
  • Patent number: 10258791
    Abstract: Catheter assemblies for neuromodulation proximate a renal artery bifurcation and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. A catheter assembly configured in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present technology can include a shaft having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and two therapeutic arms extending from the distal portion. The shaft can be configured to deliver the distal portion to a treatment site proximate a branch point or bifurcation in a renal blood vessel. The therapeutic arms can include energy delivery elements that are configured to deliver the therapeutically-effective energy to renal nerves proximate the branch point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Ardian Luxembourg S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Neil C. Barman, Robert J. Beetel, Benjamin J. Clark, Andrew Wu, Maria G. Aboytes, Denise Zarins
  • Patent number: 10258802
    Abstract: Delivery devices, systems, and methods for delivering implantable leadless pacing devices are disclosed. An example delivery system may comprise a delivery device, an implantable leadless pacing device, and a tether. The tether may be made of a material which allows for a lubricious, strong, no stretch, no memory tether. The tether may releasably secure the implantable leadless pacing device to the delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Soltis, Kurt G. Koubal, Benjamin J. Haasl, Ronald W. Kunkel, Brian L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10226618
    Abstract: An illustrative anchoring mechanism is provided for attachment to an implantable subcutaneous lead to facilitate anchoring at the distal tip of the lead. The anchoring mechanism is attached to an opening in a distal portion of a subcutaneous lead prior to implantation. The anchoring mechanism may be designed to avoid covering the sensing electrode of the subcutaneous lead, to prevent interference with sensing. Use of such an apparatus may reduce the number of incisions needed to perform implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Shantanu Reddy, Andrew L. De Kock, Christopher Alan Fuhs, Jay Overcash, Garth Mindermann
  • Patent number: 10179236
    Abstract: Implantable leadless pacing devices and medical device systems including an implantable leadless pacing device are disclosed. An example implantable leadless pacing device may include a pacing capsule. The pacing capsule may include a housing. The housing may have a proximal region and a distal region. A first electrode may be disposed along the distal region. One or more anchoring members may be coupled to the distal region. The anchoring members may each include a region with a compound curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Haasl, Dana Sachs, Keith R. Maile
  • Patent number: 10149697
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for percutaneously treating atherosclerotic plaques within blood vessels. Atherosclerotic plaques cause significant morbidity and mortality by narrowing the arteries, which adversely affects blood flow, and by acting as a source for thrombi and emboli thus causing acute organ ischemia. Current treatments include open surgery with its inherent drawbacks, and stenting, which is less invasive but leaves the plaque material in the artery, which promotes restenosis. The present invention combines the advantages of both approaches. In general, the invention provides tools that enable percutaneously dissecting the plaque from the arterial wall and removing it from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ANGIOWORKS MEDICAL, B.V.
    Inventors: Ben-Ami Avneri, Shahar Avneri, Itzhak Avneri
  • Patent number: 10143837
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing implantable electrotherapy leads are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the lead is manufactured by receiving a length of lead stock, forming an opening in a jacket at an intermediate location, interrupting a selected cable conductor, connecting a crimp connector to a proximal portion of the interrupted conductor at the opening, connecting a conductive element to the crimp connector, and removing at least a segment of a distal portion of the interrupted conductor from a lead body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Childers, Keith Victorine, Steven R. Conger, Alexander Farr
  • Patent number: 10118034
    Abstract: A method for producing cardiomyocyte cells including implanting a substrate within a heart such that a first portion of the substrate is in physical contact with an endocardium and a second portion of the substrate is not in contact with the endocardium, maintaining the first portion of the substrate in contact with the endocardium for a time at least sufficient to form trabecular fibers extending between the endocardium and the second portion of the substrate, cutting away the trabecular fibers from the endocardium, cutting away the trabecular fibers from the substrate, and removing the trabecular fibers from the heart, wherein the trabecular fibers include cardiomyocyte cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Herbst, Craig Stolen
  • Patent number: 10099050
    Abstract: A fixation mechanism of an implantable medical device is formed by a plurality of tines fixedly mounted around a perimeter of a distal end of the device. Each tine may be said to include a first segment fixedly attached to the device, a second segment extending from the first segment, and a third segment, to which the second segment extends. When the device is loaded in a lumen of a delivery tool and a rounded free distal end of each tine engages a sidewall that defines the lumen, to hold the tines in a spring-loaded condition, the first segment of each tine, which has a spring-biased pre-formed curvature, becomes relatively straightened, and the third segment of each tine, which is terminated by the free distal end, extends away from the axis of the device at an acute angle in a range from about 45 degrees to about 75 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Chen, Michael D. Eggen, Vladimir Grubac, Brian P. Colin, Wei Gan, Thomas A. Anderson, Kathryn Hilpisch
  • Patent number: 10086191
    Abstract: Medical leads have one or more openly coiled filars and a distal body coupled to the openly coiled filars. The openly coiled filars provide a lead with compliance and elasticity while the distal body provides the firmness needed for placement and support of the electrodes. The openly coiled filars may transition to a linear distal portion that extends to the distal body, and the distal body may have proximal tines that fold proximally to become adjacent to the linear distal portion of the filars. The openly coiled filars may instead extend to the distal body and the proximal tines may be laterally arced to then fold against the lateral surface of the coiled filars. The tines may fold distally during explantation to allow the distal body to release and exit the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Eric H. Bonde, Phillip C. Falkner, Michael T. Hegland, Brian T. Stolz, Patrick D. Wells
  • Patent number: 10071243
    Abstract: A tine portion of an implantable medical device includes a hook segment and a distal segment terminated by a tissue-piercing tip, wherein the distal segment extends from a distal end of the hook segment to the tip. The hook segment, which is elastically deformable from a pre-set curvature, for example, defined by a single radius, preferably tapers from a first width thereof, in proximity to a proximal end thereof, to a smaller, second width thereof, in proximity to the distal end thereof, wherein the tip has a width that is greater than the second width of the hook segment. Alternately, the tine portion may include a hook segment that is defined by two radii and a straight section extending therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Kuhn, Michael P Campbell, Vladimir Grubac, Kenneth D Rys, Richard W Swenson, Charles L Wilson
  • Patent number: 10039922
    Abstract: The device comprises a sealed body housing electronic circuits, and extending from said body, a microlead comprising microcables connected to remote electrodes. The device has no connector between the microlead and the electronic circuits. Each microcable is permanently connected to its pole by connection means. The connection means comprises an insulating base hermetically crossed by feedthrough pins, a support for the base, conductive connection parts each comprising a first passage for a microcable and a second passage for a feedthrough pin, an insulating guiding and holding part mounted on the support and locked thereon. The guiding and holding part having cavities for the connection parts, each cavity opening in its bottom on a passage wherein a pin projects. The device also includes a transition and protection element encapsulating the guiding and holding part, the connection parts and the adjoining regions of the microcables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Sorin CRM SAS
    Inventor: Willy Régnier
  • Patent number: 10029092
    Abstract: Various configurations of systems that employ leadless electrodes to provide pacing therapy are provided. In one example, a system that provides multiple sites for pacing of myocardium of a heart includes wireless pacing electrode assemblies that are implantable at sites proximate the myocardium using a percutaneous, transluminal, catheter delivery system. Also disclosed are various configurations of such systems, wireless electrode assemblies, and delivery catheters for delivering and implanting the electrode assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger N. Hastings, Anupama Sadasiva, Michael J. Pikus, Graig L. Kveen
  • Patent number: 10022538
    Abstract: Some embodiments of pacing systems employ wireless electrode assemblies to provide pacing therapy. The wireless electrode assemblies may wirelessly receive energy via an inductive coupling so as to provide electrical stimulation to the surrounding heart tissue. In certain embodiments, the wireless electrode assembly may include one or more biased tines that shift from a first position to a second position to secure the wireless electrode assembly into the inner wall of the heart chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Drasler, Michael J. Pikus, Roger Hastings, Scott R. Smith, Daniel M. Lafontaine, Douglas R. Saholt, Graig L. Kveen, Martin R. Willard
  • Patent number: 9974944
    Abstract: New and/or alternative designs for implantable leads that have fixation structures to keep leads at a desired location after implant. Fixation structure may take several forms that create distally located fixation for use primarily in subcutaneous implantation. Some examples include new and/or alternative methods of implanting such leads. Some examples also include fixation structures, such as a suture sleeve, that can be attached to a lead for fixation thereof. Some further examples show methods of implanting a subcutaneous lead, and others include methods of extracting implanted subcutaneous leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Cameron Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Abdulkader Sudam, Tim Fonte, Todd Kerkow, Alan Marcovecchio
  • Patent number: 9968776
    Abstract: Example implantable cardiac electrotherapy leads are disclosed herein. In an example, a lead may include a plurality of cable conductors within an insulating jacket. A first one and a second one of the conductors include a proximal end at a proximal end of the jacket, the second conductor extends to at least the distal end of the jacket, and the first conductor includes a distal end at an intermediate location between the proximal end and the distal end of the jacket. The lead may also include a crimp connector connected to the first one of the cable conductors at the intermediate location, as well as a conductive element that may be connected to the crimp connector. A number of conductors along the proximal portion of the jacket may be greater than a number of conductors along at least a segment of the distal portion of the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Childers, Keith Victorine, Steven R. Conger, Alexander Farr
  • Patent number: 9950158
    Abstract: An implantable cardiac rhythm management (CRM) system for directing stimulation energy toward a target tissue and away from unwanted tissues for providing an appropriate stimulation is provided by the present invention. The implantable cardiac rhythm management (CRM) system includes an implantable lead. The implantable lead includes a lead body and an electrically insulating member. The lead body includes at least one electrode extending substantially around the lead body. The electrically insulating member defines at least one window. At least one insulating member includes a protruding portion configured to urge at least one electrode toward the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle True, Brian Soltis