Stimulating Reproductive Organ Patents (Class 607/39)
  • Patent number: 10376704
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a trial neurostimulation to a patient for assesssing suitability of a permanently implanted neurostimulation are provided herein. In one aspect, a trial neurostimulation system includes an EPG affixation device that secures the EPG to the patient when connected to a lead extending through a percutaneous incission to a target tissue location, while allowing for ready removal of the EPG for charging or bathing. In another aspect, the system includes an EPG provided with a multi-purpose connector rectacle through which the EPG can deliver neurostimulation therapy to an implanted lead or the EPG can be charged. In yet another aspect, the EPG can include a multi-purpose connector receptacle that is alternatingly connectable with a plurality of differing connector to faciltiate differing types of therapies with one or more neurostimulation devices, ground patches or various other devices, such as charging or testing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: AXONICS MODULATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Prabodh Mathur, Dennis Schroeder, John Woock
  • Patent number: 10300279
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for treating a sexual disorder such as erectile dysfunction (ED) or female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD). An electrical stimulation system may include an implantable stimulation unit, an external patient controller, and an external physician controller. The implantable stimulation unit has an array of electrodes disposed on one or more flexible substrates configured to conform to a patient's anatomy at the pelvic plexus. Post-implantation, the physician controller may direct the stimulation unit to stimulate with select electrode(s) of the array to determine which electrode configuration provides optimal sexual arousal. The patient controller may be used to cause the stimulation unit to stimulate using the optimal electrode configuration at desired times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL)
    Inventors: Rodrigo Araujo Fraga {grave over (d)}a Silva, Nikolaos Stergiopulos
  • Patent number: 10238877
    Abstract: An anal electrode device is configured to measure a response of a patient to a stimulation pulse. The anal electrode device includes an elongated shaft that is configured to be at least partially inserted into an anal canal of the patient. A first sensory electrode is disposed on a first region of the shaft. The first sensory electrode is configured to measure a compound motor action potential (CMAP) from an internal sphincter of the patient while the shaft is partially inserted into the anal canal of the patient. A second sensory electrode is disposed on a second region of the shaft. The second sensory electrode is configured to measure the CMAP from an external sphincter of the patient while the shaft is partially inserted into the anal canal of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NUVECTRA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norbert Kaula, Yohannes Iyassu, Steven Siegel, Michele Spinelli
  • Patent number: 10232175
    Abstract: A method for implanting a stimulator for genital nerves stimulation, including approaching the genital nerves of a patient, defined as the dorsal nerve of the penis/clitoris (DNP), the cavernous nerve (CN) or both the DNP and CN, ventrally by way of the retropubic space to implant a stimulator to contact the genital nerves in this location; and controlling the stimulator to influence at least one of the genital nerves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Marc Possover
  • Patent number: 10201702
    Abstract: Electrical stimulation is delivered to a patient based on input from a patient indicative of an intent of the patient to contract a pelvic floor muscle or an attempt by the patient to contract the pelvic floor muscle. The electrical stimulation is configured to induce a contraction of the pelvic floor muscle of the patient to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Eric H. Bonde, Xuan K. Wei
  • Patent number: 10173056
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods for improving male fertility inter alia by increasing sperm count in a male subject. The methods of the invention comprise applying a positive electrical current below sensation level to at least one site of a scrotum of a subject in need thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Tel Hashomer Medical Research Infrastructure and Service Ltd.
    Inventors: Gil Raviv, David Shashar, Yoram Shadmi, Itzchak Shvitlowsky, David Castel
  • Patent number: 10098779
    Abstract: The invention contemplates use of remote ischemic conditioning in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Hospital for Sick Children
    Inventor: Christopher Caldarone
  • Patent number: 10086200
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a neural prosthesis. In its most general form, the neural prosthesis comprises an electrode array including a stimulating electrode (801) and a bipolar return electrode (802). The neural prosthesis also comprises a monopolar return electrode (806), a first electrical return path (812) associated with the bipolar return electrode (802) and a second electrical return path (814) associated with the monopolar return electrode (806) wherein, in use, the stimulating electrode (801) provides a stimulating current to the tissue of a recipient and a total return current is divided between a first current in the first electrical return path (812) and a second current in the second electrical return path (814).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NewSouth Innovations Pty Limited
    Inventor: Gregg Jorgen Suaning
  • Patent number: 10035020
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to methods, devices and systems for neurological regulation. The methods, devices and systems described herein are useful, for example, in the treatment of conditions of the bladder such as overactive bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wang, John Edward Sherry
  • Patent number: 9956404
    Abstract: In one example, a method including generating electrical stimulation therapy with a frequency of approximately 500 hertz or greater, and controlling delivery of the electrical stimulation therapy to a patient via a medical device between at least one of contractions of a bladder or contractions of a bowel of a patient, wherein the electrical stimulation therapy comprises electrical stimulation therapy configured to inhibit contraction of the bladder when the electrical stimulation is delivered between the contractions of the bladder, wherein the electrical stimulation therapy comprises electrical stimulation therapy configured to inhibit contraction of the bowel when the electrical stimulation is delivered between the contractions of the bowel, and wherein at least one of the generating and controlling is performed via one or more processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thaddeus S. Brink, Xin Su, Dwight E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9821163
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for treating a sexual disorder such as erectile dysfunction (ED) or female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD). An electrical stimulation system may include an implantable stimulation unit, an external patient controller, and an external physician controller. The implantable stimulation unit has an array of electrodes disposed on one or more flexible substrates configured to conform to a patient's anatomy at the pelvic plexus. Post-implantation, the physician controller may direct the stimulation unit to stimulate with select electrode(s) of the array to determine which electrode configuration provides optimal sexual arousal. The patient controller may be used to cause the stimulation unit to stimulate using the optimal electrode configuration at desired times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ecole Polytechnique Federal De Lausanne (EPFL)
    Inventors: Rodrigo Araujo Fraga Da Silva, Nikolaos Stergiopulos
  • Patent number: 9776004
    Abstract: Methods of treating premature ejaculation include arranging one or more electrodes to face dorsal penile nerves (DPNs) of a patient with premature ejaculation, and applying an electro stimulation having a frequency and a current by which seminal fluid expulsion is not induced in the patient by the one or more electrodes during a time period from before the start of sexual intercourse to ejaculation. The electro stimulation reversibly extends an intravaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT) of the patient. Methods of controlling a premature ejaculation treatment device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ASTELLAS PHARMA INC.
    Inventor: Yasuharu Kimura
  • Patent number: 9737707
    Abstract: A device for stimulating nerves adjacent the vagina includes a nerve stimulating element coupled to a main body. The nerve stimulating element is positioned and designed to stimulate the vesical, Frankenhauser's and/or inferior hypogastric plexuses. The device may reside in the vaginal fornices. An implant is also provided which has a nerve stimulating element in contact with a uterosacral ligament. The device positioned in the vagina may be used to charge a power source for an implant which may be a capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: FemPulse, LLC
    Inventors: Alexandra Haessler, Bruno Strul
  • Patent number: 9538960
    Abstract: An injectable device for use in a subcutaneous physiological monitoring of a patient includes a body, a plurality of sensors, and a monitoring unit. The plurality of sensors provide an indication of at least one physiological event of a patient, wherein the plurality of sensors includes two or more electrodes in contact with tissue of the patient. The monitoring unit is located within the body and is coupled to the plurality of sensors and configured to monitor a physiologic signal of the patient using the electrodes, wherein the physiologic signal includes an impedance signal related to hydration of tissue of the patient and wherein the monitoring unit is further configured to, based at least in part on the impedance signal measured from the patient, detect an impending cardiac decompensation of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Monitoring, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott T. Mazar, Mark J. Bly
  • Patent number: 9504830
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves a method of measuring a physiological feedback from a patient in response to electrical stimulation. A stimulation parameter of a sacral nerve stimulation therapy is ramped up. The sacral nerve stimulation therapy includes electrical pulses generated by a pulse generator based on programming instructions received from an electronic programmer. The electrical pulses are delivered to a patient via a stimulation lead that is implanted in the patient. Via an anal electrode device that is at least partially inserted inside an anal canal of the patient, a compound motor action potential (CMAP) is measured from an anal sphincter of the patient while the stimulation parameter of the sacral nerve stimulation therapy is being ramped up. A stimulation threshold is determined based on the measured CMAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Nuvectra Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert Kaula, Yohannes Iyassu, Steven Siegel, Michele Spinelli
  • Patent number: 9289607
    Abstract: Systems (10), devices (16), and methods may be used for treating bladder dysfunction, such as urgency and pelvic pain. In one example, a method includes administering a pharmacological agent to a patient (14) in a dosage sufficient to desensitize a C-afferent nerve fiber of the patient. Additionally, the method includes delivering stimulation to activate a nerve fiber proximate to the C-afferent nerve fiber via an electrode (19A, 19B, 21A, 21B, 29A-29D) electrically coupled to an implantable medical device (16). In some examples, the nerve fiber may be different than the C-afferent nerve fiber, the stimulation of the nerve fiber may elicit an inhibitory physiological response related to voiding in the patient, and/or the stimulation substantially may not activate the C-afferent nerve fiber after desensitization of the nerve fiber via the administration of the pharmacological agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Xin Su, Gregory F. Molnar, Dwight E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9192763
    Abstract: In general, the disclosure is directed to an implantable neurostimulator and system capable of providing adaptive neurostimulation therapy to alleviate incontinence. The neurostimulator operates according to a set of stimulation parameters stored in memory. During operation, information is obtained from the patient, the implanted neurostimulator, one or more implanted sensors, or some combination thereof. A processor analyzes the information to automatically generate proposed adjustments to the stimulation parameters applied by the neurostimulator. The adjustments provide an adaptive neurostimulation therapy that supports or enhances therapeutic efficacy based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Martin T. Gerber, John C. Rondoni
  • Patent number: 9180284
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for measuring the strength of the ischiocavernous muscles of a patient, the method being performed during an erection of the penis and providing a measuring and/or rehabilitation device configured to determine the strength of the ischiocavernous muscles and comprising at least one sensor, placing the sensor around the penis of the patient, measuring the variation of the intracavernous pressure, contracting the ischiocavernous muscles, and checking that the contraction causes elevation in intracarvernous pressure so as to ensure that the accurate muscles are contracted, where if the intracavernous pressure is elevated, ischiocavernous muscles are contracted during the contraction. The invention relates also to a method for treating and rehabilitating the ischiocavernous muscles comprising a step of implementing the method for measuring the strength of the ischiocavernous muscles and a step of voluntarily contracting the ischiocavernous muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Pierre Lavoisier
  • Patent number: 9155885
    Abstract: Techniques for managing urinary or fecal incontinence include delivering a first type of therapy to generate a first physiological response and, upon detecting a trigger event, delivering a second type of therapy to generate a second physiological response. The first type of therapy can be delivered on a substantially regular basis, while the second type of therapy is delivered as needed to provide an additional boost of therapy. The trigger event for activating the delivery of the second type of therapy may include input from a sensor that indicates a bladder condition, patient activity level or patient posture, or patient input. In some examples, the therapy is stimulation therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuan K. Wei, Eric H. Bonde, Keith A. Miesel, Mark S. Lent, Gregory F. Molnar
  • Patent number: 9114246
    Abstract: A device circles the spinal segmental nerves like a ring and causes stimulation of the nerves. The present invention offers magnetic as well as electric stimulation properties in order to balance the two modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Jason Huang, Samantha Dayawansa
  • Patent number: 9072897
    Abstract: A system for restoring muscle function to the lumbar spine to treat low back pain is provided. The system may include electrodes coupled to an implantable pulse generator (IPG), a handheld activator configured to transfer a stimulation command to the IPG, and an external programmer configured to transfer programming data to the IPG. The stimulation command directs the programmable controller to stimulate the tissue in accordance with the programming data. The system may include a software-based programming system run on a computer such that the treating physician may program and adjust stimulation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Mainstay Medical Limited
    Inventors: Dan Sachs, Prashant Brijmohansingh Rawat, Jason Alan Shiroff, Peter Andrew Crosby
  • Publication number: 20150119951
    Abstract: Electrical stimulation therapy may be delivered to a patient to selectively and independently address different conditions of a pelvic floor disorder of the patient. The conditions of a pelvic floor disorder may include, for example, a lower urinary tract dysfunction (e.g., urinary or fecal incontinence) and sexual dysfunction (e.g., an impaired sexual reflex response to a sexual stimulus). In some examples, a system is configured to selectively deliver a first electrical stimulation therapy that is configured to elicit an inhibitory physiological response from the patient related to voiding, a second electrical stimulation therapy that is configured to improve a sexual reflex response of the patient to a sexual stimulus, and a third electrical stimulation therapy that is configured to both elicit the inhibitory physiological response from the patient related to voiding and increase a sexual response of the patient to a sexual stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Dwight E. Nelson, Xin Su, Thaddeus S. Brink, Blake A. Hedstrom
  • Patent number: 8992409
    Abstract: There is provided a method for controlling a flow of fluid and/or other bodily matter in a lumen formed by a tissue wall of a patient's organ. The method comprises gently constricting (i.e., without substantially hampering the blood circulation in the tissue wall) at least one portion of the tissue wall to influence the flow in the lumen, and stimulating the constricted wall portion to cause contraction of the wall portion to further influence the flow in the lumen. The method can be used for restricting or stopping the flow in the lumen, or for actively moving the fluid in the lumen, with a low risk of injuring the organ. Such an organ may be the esophagus, stomach, intestines, urine bladder, urethra, ureter, renal pelvis, aorta, corpus cavernosum, exit veins of erectile tissue, uterine tube, vas deferens or bile duct, or a blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 8983627
    Abstract: A probe system for electro-stimulation and bio-feedback training of muscles in the pelvic floor region, in particular for pelvic floor physiotherapy and diagnosis, includes a probe having a probe body which is insertable into a vagina or a rectum, and a plurality of electrodes which are positioned at several locations along the length and around the circumference on the outer surface of the probe, the probe system further includes a control unit, operationally coupled to the probe, adapted for receiving EMG signals from each of the electrodes and for processing each of the signals for mapping the response of the muscles in the pelvic floor region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Publiekrechtelijke Rechtspersoon Academisch Ziekenhuis Leiden H.O.D.N. Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum
    Inventors: Robertus Coenraad Maria Pelger, Theodorus Johannes Ouwerkerk, Pieternella Johanna Voorham-van der Zalm
  • Patent number: 8923988
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient having nociceptive pain in a body region using at least one electrode implanted within a spinal column of the patient. The method comprises conveying electrical stimulation energy from the at least one implanted electrode to an efferent motor neural structure innervating the body region, thereby inducing an endogenous chemical response within a spinal cord of the patient that treats the nociceptive pain. Another method for treating a patient suffering from a medical ailment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Kerry Bradley
  • Patent number: 8914111
    Abstract: A device for stimulating nerves adjacent the vagina includes a nerve stimulating element coupled to a body. The nerve stimulating element is positioned to stimulate the vesical, Frankenhauser's and/or inferior hypogastric plexuses. The device may reside in the vaginal fornices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: FemPulse, LLC
    Inventor: Alexandra Haessler
  • Patent number: 8897877
    Abstract: Described herein is a device and method for stimulating testosterone production in a subject. The device includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a power source. The first electrode is configured to contact the skin in the pubic region of the subject and is electrically coupled to the power source. The second electrode is configured to contact the skin on the scrotum of the subject and is also electrically coupled to the power source. The power source is configured to deliver about 6 volts or less to the first or second electrodes. The device may further include a snug fitting undergarment for maintaining contact between the first and second electrodes and the subject's skin. The method is directed to the application of a low voltage to the testicles of a subject to stimulate the production of testosterone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Robert D. Forward
  • Patent number: 8880173
    Abstract: A device for providing transdermal electrical stimulation at an adjustable position on a head. The device including a supporting member economically shaped and configured to be fixedly supported about an anatomical body part; the supporting member being adjustably positionable in only two directions substantially perpendicular to one another. No electrical stimulation is provided by the supporting member. Alternatively, the device includes at least one pair of electrodes for producing the transdermal electrical stimulation to the head. The electrodes are mounted to a securing member shaped and configured to be releasably securable only about a plurality of strands of hair at a predetermined fixed orientation without being secured about any anatomical body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony R. DiUbaldi, Jeyakumar Subbaroyan, Tamara C. Baynham
  • Patent number: 8874215
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus for treating a sexual dysfunctional female patient, comprising a stimulation device adapted to stimulate an erectile blood flow passageway to increase the amount of blood in the female erectile tissue and thereby obtaining engorgement with blood of the female erectile tissue by affecting said erectile blood flow passageway. Moreover there is disclosed a system and an operation method for treating a sexual dysfunctional female patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Publication number: 20140316483
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a non-invasive stimulatory adjustment of the body's own self-repair-system using a plurality of electrons. In particular, embodiments of the present invention relate to a plurality of electrons for use in the restoration of a patient's health, preferably a human patient's health in a number of medical conditions. Moreover, embodiments of the present invention relate to a method of treatment using a plurality of electrons for use in the restoration of a patient's health, preferably a human patient's health. Moreover, embodiments of the present invention relate to a method of stimulatory adjustment of the body's own self-repair system using a plurality of electrons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Fenzian Ltd.
    Inventor: James COLTHURST
  • Publication number: 20140303681
    Abstract: Systems for treating premature ejaculation include an electrical pulse generator and electrical leads in communication with sympathetic nerves serving ejaculatory structures. The system inhibits sympathetic nerve input to the ejaculatory structure with electrical impulses from the electrical pulse generator. The duration of inhibition may be predetermined or selectable. The system may be operated with user-actuated controls, a sensor and a timer, or combinations of these elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Karim Khan, Susheel Gundewar
  • Patent number: 8825163
    Abstract: Systems and methods selectively stimulate components of the pudendal nerve away from the sacral root to evoke desired physiologic responses in persons who lack the ability to otherwise produce these responses—e.g., maintain continence and/or produce micturition, and/or provide male/female sexuality responses, and/or provide bowel responses. The systems and methods use a multiple electrode array, or individual electrodes, placed on, in, or near the pudendal nerve. The electrode array, or individual electrodes, in association with a pulse generator, provide selective stimulation of individual fascicles within the pudendal nerve, to achieve different physiologic responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Warren M. Grill, Kenneth J. Gustafson, Graham H. Creasey
  • Patent number: 8818520
    Abstract: A tibial nerve stimulation device including a percutaneous electrode for inserting adjacent a stimulation site of a patient and a neurostimulator unit attachable to a transcutaneous electrode configured to be applied to skin adjacent the stimulation site. The neurostimulator unit includes a pulse generator electrically coupled to the percutaneous needle electrode and transcutaneous electrode and a microcontroller in communication with the pulse generator for monitoring a number of available treatment credits and activating the pulse generator, each available treatment credit corresponding to a treatment session and the pulse generator operable to be activated for performing the treatment session when the number of available treatment credits is at least one. A computer system is operable to communicate with the microcontroller of the neurostimulator unit for receiving a treatment credit request and transmitting the number of treatment credits purchased to the microcontroller of the neurostimulator unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Uro-Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Laing, John David Green
  • Patent number: 8805507
    Abstract: A method of promoting the healing of a lesion in a smooth muscle (200), comprises selecting a smooth muscle portion having a lesion, and applying a non-excitory electric field (210) to the portion, which reduces the mechanical activity of the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Metacure Limited
    Inventors: Shlomo Ben-Haim, Nissim Darvish, Yuval Mika, Maier Fenster, Bella Felzen, Isaac Shemer
  • Publication number: 20140214112
    Abstract: An implantable electroacupuncture device (IEAD) treats an erectile dysfunction condition of a patient through application of stimulation pulses applied at a target tissue location underlying, or in the vicinity of, at least one of acupoints BL52, BL23 or GV4. The IEAD comprises an implantable, coin-sized, self-contained, leadless electroacupuncture device having at least two electrodes attached to an outside surface of its housing. The device generates stimulation pulses in accordance with a specified stimulation regimen. Power management circuitry within the device allows a primary battery, having a high internal impedance, to be used to power the device. The stimulation regimen generates stimulation pulses during a stimulation session of duration T3 minutes applied every T4 minutes. The duty cycle, or ratio T3/T4, is very low, no greater than 0.05. The low duty cycle and careful power management allow the IEAD to perform its intended function for several years.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: VALENCIA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Valencia Technologies Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140214113
    Abstract: An implantable electroacupuncture device (IEAD) treats a medical condition of a patient through application of electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation pulses applied at a target tissue location, such as an acupoint. The IEAD comprises an implantable, coin-sized, self-contained, leadless electroacupuncture device having at least two electrodes attached to an outside surface of its housing. The device generates EA stimulation pulses in accordance with a specified stimulation regimen. Power management circuitry within the device allows a primary battery, having a high internal impedance, to be used to power the device. The stimulation regimen generates stimulation pulses during a stimulation session of duration T3 minutes applied every T4 minutes. The duty cycle, or ratio T3/T4, is very low, no greater than 0.05. The low duty cycle and careful power management allow the IEAD to perform its intended function for several years.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: VALENCIA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Greiner, David K. L. Peterson, Chuladatta Thenuwara, Stacy O. Greiner
  • Patent number: 8788040
    Abstract: A device for stimulating nerves adjacent the vagina includes a nerve stimulating element coupled to a body. The nerve stimulating element is positioned to stimulate the vesical, Frankenhauser's and/or inferior hypogastric plexuses. The device may reside in the vaginal fornices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: FemPulse, LLC
    Inventor: Alexandra Haessler
  • Patent number: 8784345
    Abstract: A stimulation device for creating a pleasurable sensation in a user is provided. The stimulation device includes an expandable portion configured to assume a plurality of states of expansion between minimum expansion and maximum expansion and a vibrating element extending away from the outer surface of the expandable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Incontrol Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Herschel Peddicord
  • Publication number: 20140148870
    Abstract: In certain variations, systems and/or methods for electromagnetic induction therapy are provided. One or more ergonomic or body contoured applicators may be included. The applicators include one or more conductive coils configured to generate an electromagnetic or magnetic field focused on a target nerve, muscle or other body tissues positioned in proximity to the coil. One or more sensors may be utilized to detect stimulation and to provide feedback about the efficacy of the applied electromagnetic induction therapy. A controller may be adjustable to vary a current through a coil to adjust the magnetic field focused upon the target nerve, muscle or other body tissues based on the feedback provide by a sensor or by a patient. In certain systems or methods, pulsed magnetic fields may be intermittently applied to a target nerve, muscle or tissue without causing habituation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: EMKINETICS, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel R. BURNETT
  • Patent number: 8702685
    Abstract: Drug delivery systems, apparatus and methods to treat erectile dysfunction via an implanted drug infusion pump. The drug delivery system incorporates a passively pressurized drug infusion pump, one or more catheters, one or more microfluidic valves, a microcontroller, and one or more patient input mechanisms to deliver therapeutic solutions to the erectile tissues of a patient. The system in operation is entirely implanted and provides for moderated patient control over dosage via subcutaneously implanted input mechanisms, including in certain embodiments, neural control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew Zane Schwartz, Robert Matthew Douglas
  • Patent number: 8675945
    Abstract: A system and method for providing processable data associated with anatomical images may provide a user interface including a pivot and stem tool via which to align multiple images, a flashlight bar for viewing portions of an overlaid image, and/or user-movable markers for establishing a location of one or more anatomical landmarks with regions of one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan Barnhorst, Keith Carlton, Scott Kokones, Troy Sparks, Aaron Omar Shinn, Zhen Zeng
  • Publication number: 20140058473
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a system and method for treating insufficient uterine contractions after labor and delivery. The system includes a control module and a current source controlled by the control module to produce stimulating current at a frequency greater than or equal to about 5.0 Hertz. The system also includes one or more stimulation electrodes to provide the stimulating current to the patient in order for the patient to produce tonic uterine contractions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Robert E. Garfield, Harvey Carp, William L. Maner
  • Patent number: 8660646
    Abstract: A tibial nerve stimulation device including a percutaneous electrode for inserting adjacent a stimulation site of a patient and a neurostimulator unit attachable to a transcutaneous electrode configured to be applied to skin adjacent the stimulation site. The neurostimulator unit includes a pulse generator electrically coupled to the percutaneous needle electrode and transcutaneous electrode and a microcontroller in communication with the pulse generator for monitoring a number of available treatment credits and activating the pulse generator, each available treatment credit corresponding to a treatment session and the pulse generator operable to be activated for performing the treatment session when the number of available treatment credits is at least one. A computer system is operable to communicate with the microcontroller of the neurostimulator unit for receiving a treatment credit request and transmitting the number of treatment credits purchased to the microcontroller of the neurostimulator unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Uro-Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Laing, John David Green
  • Patent number: 8630711
    Abstract: Methods and related systems for treating patients suffering from several disorders including bladder dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, and bowel elimination disorders are disclosed and described. The method can include identification of the disorder followed by the step of accessing a pudendal nerve of the patient. A microelectrode array having a plurality of electrodes thereon is inserted into the pudendal nerve of the patient. A controller is electronically associated with the microelectrode array which is programmed to provide selective activation and/or blocking of various muscles using the microelectrodes of the array. The selective stimulation can be tuned to selectively activate or block at least one muscle selected from the group consisting of the external urethral sphincter, the detrusor muscle, the anal sphincter, and the cavernous smooth musculature of the penis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Heather A. C. Wark, Patrick C. Cartwright, Richard A. Normann
  • Patent number: 8606371
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a system and method for treating insufficient uterine contractions after labor and delivery. The system includes a control module and a current source controlled by the control module to produce stimulating current at a frequency greater than or equal to about 5.0 Hertz. The system also includes one or more stimulation electrodes to provide the stimulating current to the patient in order for the patient to produce tonic uterine contractions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Dignity Health
    Inventors: Robert E. Garfield, Harvey Carp, William L. Maner
  • Patent number: 8600510
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus for treating a sexual dysfunctional female patient, comprising an implanted stimulation device adapted to stimulate at least a part of the sexually responsive tissue of the vulva or the wall of the vagina of the patient by movement of said stimulation device and contact between said stimulation device and the sexually responsive tissue or the wall of the vagina. A system and an operation method for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Milux Holding SA
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Publication number: 20130296963
    Abstract: A device, system and method for improving sexual erectile functions in males that includes an electromyography (EMG) sensor, which is set up in the perineum area over the bulbospongiosus and ischiocavernosus muscles. A cable connects the EMG sensor to an amplifier, the output of which is connected to an analog-to-digital converter. The converter transforms the EMG signal into a form that is accepted by a computer or a smartphone, which contains software that is able to display the EMG signal in a visual-auditory form that can be accepted by the sensory organs of a user. The training of the perineum muscles restricts the blood outflow from the cavernous bodies of a penis and reinforcement of erectile function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Eugene Mikhailenok, Olga Voronina
  • Patent number: 8573228
    Abstract: A system includes (i) a needle for insertion into a port of an implantable infusion device, and (ii) a receiver apparatus having a port location signal receiver module capable of receiving a signal from the implantable infusion device regarding spatial orientation of the port. The system further includes a processor operably coupled to the receiver apparatus and capable of determining the orientation of the needle relative to the port based on the received signal. The system also includes a display operably coupled to the processor. The processor is configured to cause the display to graphically render trajectory of the needle relative to the port. The port is graphically rendered as a target structure having a reference area. The needle is graphically rendered as an object moveable relative to the target structure. Occupation of the reference area by the object indicates trajectory alignment of the port and the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott L. Kalpin
  • Publication number: 20130253299
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for monitoring and regulating physiological states and functions are disclosed. Several embodiments include application of one or more microelectrode arrays to a dorsal root ganglion for measurement of sensory neuron activity, or stimulation of sensory reflex circuits. The methods and apparatuses can be used, for example, for monitoring or controlling bladder function in a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: University of Pittsburgh - Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventor: University of Pittsburgh - Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
  • Publication number: 20130237750
    Abstract: A sexual stimulation device is described. The device uses electrical stimulation and provides advantages in means to make gentle and safe electrical contact to the user's penis that is contained within a fluid environment. The device includes both a containment vessel as well as electrical connection embodiments that incorporate magnetically actuated contacts the can be quickly disconnected. The device provides flexibility for programmed and varied stimulation to different regions of the user's penis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Robert M. Green