Electrical Treatment Of Pain Patents (Class 607/46)
  • Patent number: 10376689
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to extraforaminal electrical stimulation systems and leads for electrical stimulation of the dorsal root and dorsal root ganglion (DRG), minimally invasive implantation methods therefore, and related methods of providing extraforaminal electrical stimulation of the dorsal root and DRG for the treatment of a medical condition. In accordance with certain aspects, the extraforaminal electrical stimulation leads and methods are particularly suited for stimulation of dorsal roots and DRG of the cervical and thoracic spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Kent, William Cusack, Xiaoyi Min, Gene A. Bornzin
  • Patent number: 10369354
    Abstract: A lead having proximal and distal ends. At the distal end, a first branch includes a first biasing member and a first insulation covering. The first biasing member is disposed within the first insulation covering, which in turn includes a first inner surface. At the distal end, a second branch includes a second biasing member and a second insulation covering. The second biasing member is disposed within the second insulation covering, which in turn includes a second inner surface. The branches define a receiving channel and a stimulation region. The biasing members are movable away from each other to receive a target anatomy through the receiving channel and biasly movable toward each other to retain the target anatomy within the stimulation region. An electrode is disposed on one or both of the inner surfaces adjacent to the stimulation region, and is operable to stimulate the target anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paul Keith Barner
  • Patent number: 10369365
    Abstract: Some computer-assisted methods include: presenting configuration options to a user of the implanted stimulator device, the configuration options comprising stimulation parameters for the implanted stimulator; receiving a user specification of the configuration options in response to the presented configuration options; receiving user feedback when the user specified configuration options are implemented at the implanted stimulator device, the user feedback comprising a quantitative index of pain resulting from implementing the user specified configuration options on the implanted stimulator device; building a user profile for the user based on the user specified configuration options and the user feedback, the user profile including the user specified configuration options as well as the corresponding quantitative index of pain; and selecting at least one configuration option based on the user profile when the configuration options are subsequently presented to the user for a later treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Stimwave Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Laura Tyler Perryman, Chad David Andresen
  • Patent number: 10369358
    Abstract: An electric stimulator for brain, heart, skin and internal organs in animals and plants where the electrodes are distributed on a supporting structure. The supporting structure may be adapted for brain, heart, skin or other internal organs, as for DBS, heart pacemaker, TENS, etc. The invention discloses a plurality of electrodes at the surface of the supporting structure, from which electrically stimulating currents can be injected into the organism. Turning off an electrode while turning on another electrode has the effect of moving the stimulation within the body of the organism from one point to another point, with the same effect but with less spent energy than physically moving the whole electrode support. We call this electrode shifting. Rotational and translational electrode shifting are possible. The invention also discloses random changes of the electrode shifting, and random changes of the stimulation time and of the stimulation duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Sergio Lara Pereira Monteiro
  • Patent number: 10350203
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a formulation comprising an opioid, a Na channel blocker, an alpha2-receptor agonist, an opioid mu or delta receptor competitive antagonist and an intravenous anesthetic and/or a neurologic acting agent for use in pain control and/or cognitive function improvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Gilbert Blaise
  • Patent number: 10342979
    Abstract: An example of a system may include electrodes on at least one lead configured to be operationally positioned for use in modulating neural tissue. The neural tissue may include at least one of dorsal horn tissue, dorsal root tissue or dorsal column tissue. The system may include an implantable device including a neural modulation device and a controller. The neural modulation device may be configured to use at least some of the electrodes to generate a modulation field to deliver sub-perception modulation to the neural tissue. The sub-perception modulation may have an intensity below a patient-perception threshold. The patient-perception threshold may be a boundary below which a patient does not sense generation of the modulation field. The controller may be configured to control the neural modulation device to generate the modulation field, and automatically adjust the modulation field in response to a patient input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi Parramon, Bradley Lawrence Hershey, Michael A. Moffitt, Changfang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10335587
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wearable band for low frequency therapy and, more specifically, to a wearable band for low frequency therapy, the wearable band enabling a wearer to connect to a low frequency therapy device while wearing, on a body part, a cylindrical wearable band in which knitted pile yarn is formed from conductive fiber, thereby providing low-frequency stimulation to the part of the wearer's body such that the wearer can receive physical therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Dae-Ki Woo, Byong-No Woo
  • Patent number: 10335572
    Abstract: A system includes a head-mounted device to be worn by a person; a content generator driving the head-mounted device to engage the person to keep the person still in a predetermined position with sexually explicit visualization for the patient and sensors to detect a body position of the person and if the person have moved the body position, the sensors notify the content generator to encourage the person to move back into the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Naveen Kumar
  • Patent number: 10328265
    Abstract: An example of a system may include an arrangement of electrodes configured to be operationally positioned for use in modulating targeted neural tissue, a neural modulator, a communication module, and a controller. The neural modulator may be configured to use at least some electrodes within the arrangement of electrodes to generate a modulation field. The communication module may be configured to receive user-provided selections. The controller may be configured to use the communication module to receive a user-provided selection of a desired electrode list where the electrode list identifies electrodes within the arrangement of electrodes that are available for use in modulating the targeted neural tissue, control the neural stimulation modulator to generate the modulation field, and use the electrodes identified in the electrode list to modulate the targeted neural tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Moffitt, Bradley Lawrence Hershey, Changfang Zhu, Jordi Parramon, Sridhar Kothandaraman
  • Patent number: 10328260
    Abstract: A disposable electrical stimulation device and method for providing therapeutic treatment and pain management in a convenient, compact configuration. Electrode size and shape and relative configuration can be varied according to an intended application and use, or a universal configuration can be provided for use on almost any area of the body. The common structure of communicatively coupled dual electrodes including control circuitry and a power source accommodates a range of different sizes, configurations, stimulation treatment intensities, and other physical and electrical characteristics that can be pre-customized and packaged for specific, limited time use. The device can therefore be used in methods of providing therapy, managing pain, and achieving other treatment goals by electrical stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Mueller, Marshall Masko, Pierre-Yves Lampo, Klaus Schonenberger, Felix Buhlmann, Steve Guex, Gary L. Moore, Patrick Lavalley
  • Patent number: 10321872
    Abstract: A multi-purpose wearable patch includes a stretchable and permeable substrate, a first sensing unit mounted in the stretchable and permeable substrate, the sensing unit that can conduct a first measurement of a user to produce a first measurement signal, a treatment unit that produces a first treatment field in the user's body; a circuit electrically connected with the treatment unit and the sensing unit; and a semiconductor chip in connection with the circuit and configured to receive the first measurement signal from the sensing unit. The semiconductor chip produces a first treatment control signal to control the treatment unit to produce a first treatment field in the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: VivaLnk, Inc.
    Inventor: Jiang Li
  • Patent number: 10300273
    Abstract: Delivery of peripheral nerve field stimulation (PNFS) in combination with one or more other therapies is described. The other therapy delivered in combination with PNFS may be, for example, a different type of neurostimulation, such as spinal cord stimulation (SCS), or a drug. PNFS and the other therapy may be delivered simultaneously, in an alternating fashion, according to a schedule, and/or selectively, e.g., in response to a request received from a patient or clinician. A combination therapy that includes PNFS may be able to more completely address complex or multifocal pain than would be possible through delivery of either PNFS or other therapies alone. Further, the combination of PNFS with one or more other therapies may reduce the likelihood that neural accommodation will impair the perceived effectiveness PNFS or the other therapies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan A. Rooney, Carl D. Wahlstrand, Gary W. King, Thomas E. Cross, Jr., Kenneth T. Heruth, Paul W. Wacnik, Jeffrey S. Evanson
  • Patent number: 10293171
    Abstract: An example of a system for delivering neurostimulation may include a display and an interface control circuit. The interface control circuit may be configured to define a stimulation waveform according to which the neurostimulation is delivered. The stimulation waveform is defined by waveform parameters including one or more user-adjustable parameters. The interface control circuit may include a parameter selector, an effect analyzer, and a parameter generator. The parameter selector may be configured to present values for each user-adjustable parameter on the display and allow the user to select a value for each user-adjustable parameter from the presented values. The effect analyzer may be configured to estimate an interactive effect of different stimuli of the neurostimulation. The parameter generator may be configured to select a rate rule based on the estimated interactive effect and to generate the values for each user-adjustable parameter according to the selected rate rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: G. Karl Steinke
  • Patent number: 10286145
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive mechanism (9) for a needle insertion arrangement (1), the drive mechanism (9) comprising an actuator (5) coupled to a parallel linkage (10) adapted to convert a linear movement of the actuator (5) in a longitudinal direction (L) to a linear movement of a cross beam (7) in transverse direction (T) substantially at right angles with respect to the longitudinal direction (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Schabbach, Meinolf Werner, Olaf Zeckai, Philippe Nzike
  • Patent number: 10279182
    Abstract: System and methods are provided for determining a stimulation threshold for closed loop spinal cord stimulation (SCS). The system and methods provide a lead coupled to an implantable pulse generator (IPG). The system and methods deliver SCS pulses from the IPG to the lead electrodes in accordance with an SCS therapy, and determine an evoked compound action potential (ECAP) amplitude based on an ECAP waveform resulting from the SCS therapy. The system and methods increase the SCS therapy by increasing at least one of an amplitude, a duration, and number of the SCS pulses associated with the SCS therapy. The system and methods also include iteratively repeat the delivering, determining and increasing operations until the ECAP amplitude exhibits a downward trend divergence. The system and methods define a stimulation threshold based on the ECAP amplitude at the trend divergence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Wenbo Hou, Fujian Qu, Stuart Rosenberg, Kyungmoo Ryu
  • Patent number: 10279183
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting intrathecal penetration are disclosed. A method in accordance with one embodiment includes detecting a value corresponding to an impedance of an electrical circuit that in turn includes an electrical contact located within the patient, and patient tissue adjacent to the electrical contact. The method further includes comparing the detected value to a predetermined criterion, and, if the detected value meets the predetermined criterion, identifying penetration of the patient's dura based at least in part on the detected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventors: Jon Parker, James R. Thacker
  • Patent number: 10279179
    Abstract: Apparatus for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in a user, the apparatus comprising: a housing; stimulation means for electrically stimulating at least one nerve; an electrode releasably mounted to the housing and connectable to the stimulation means for electrical stimulation of the at least one nerve; monitoring means for monitoring the user's body orientation and movement; analysis means for analyzing said orientation and movement; and control means for controlling the output of the stimulation means in response to said analysis of said orientation and movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Neurometrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Shai Gozani, Xuan Kong, Tom Ferree
  • Patent number: 10265518
    Abstract: Electrical neurostimulation leads for use in craniofacial peripheral nerve neurostimulation (e.g. occipital neurostimulation). Paddle leads, lead wires, lead wire anchors, tools, or other hardware can be designed for implantation in the craniofacial region. This can address problems of electrical neurostimulation in the craniofacial region such as lead migration, hardware breakage, patient discomfort, or other problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Sounyoung Yu
  • Patent number: 10258796
    Abstract: Extended pain relief via high frequency spinal cord modulation, and associated systems and methods. A method for treating a patient in accordance with a particular embodiment includes selecting a neural modulation site to include at least one of a dorsal root entry zone and dorsal horn of the patient's spinal cord, and selecting parameters of a neural modulation signal to reduce patient pain for a period of time after ceasing delivery of the signals, the period of time being at least one tenth of one second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventors: Konstantinos Alataris, Andre B. Walker
  • Patent number: 10252059
    Abstract: An example of a system for programming a neurostimulator may include a storage device and a pattern generator. The storage device may store a pattern library and one or more neuronal network models. The pattern library may include fields and waveforms of neuromodulation. The one or more neuronal network models may each be configured to allow for evaluating effects of one or more fields in combination with one or more waveforms in treating one or more indications for neuromodulation. The one or more neuronal network models may include a first pain model configured to allow for optimization of neurostimulation using paresthesia, the second pain model configured to allow optimization of neurostimulation using anatomy. The pattern generator may be configured to construct and approximately optimize a spatio-temporal pattern of neurostimulation and/or its building blocks using at least one or more of the first pain model or the second pain model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: G. Karl Steinke, Michael A. Moffitt, Hemant Bokil
  • Patent number: 10252072
    Abstract: In a high voltage, variable frequency radiation generation system, a carrier signal supplied to a primary coil of a transformer is varied, e.g., turned ON and OFF at variable frequencies. The ON duration and/or the average amplitude of the carrier signal may also be varied. Moreover, the carrier signal may be modulated using an audio signal. The parameters to control the variation of the carrier can be provided as a recipe via a software application. A server can provide different types of apps providing different control features. The server may also collect user characteristic data and recipe usage data, and may facilitate exchange of these data and may recommend recipes based on a particular user characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Biotechnologies, LLC
    Inventors: James W. Law, James D. Girard, Colin Bester
  • Patent number: 10245172
    Abstract: Wearable devices for Noxipoints stimulation have a wearable member containing a grid of electrodes. The device is configured by a computer software to identify at least a pair of Noxipoints for applying one or more voltages to stimulate the Noxipoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Charles C. Koo
  • Patent number: 10226628
    Abstract: An implantable pulse generator (IPG) that generates spinal cord stimulation signals for a human body has a programmable signal generator that can generate the signals based on stored signal parameters without any intervention from a processor that controls the overall operation of the IPG. While the signal generator is generating the signals the processor can be in a standby mode to substantially save battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cirtec Medical Corp.
    Inventors: Saif Khalil, Raghavendra Angara, Miles Curtis, Christopher Biele, Daniel Fellmeth
  • Patent number: 10226626
    Abstract: Selective high-frequency spinal cord modulation for inhibiting pain with reduced side effects and associated systems and methods are disclosed. In particular embodiments, a programmer has instructions that, in response to an input, select between a paresthesia-inducing therapy program that includes a frequency of less than 1,500 Hz, and a non-paresthesia-inducing therapy program that includes a frequency in range from 1.5 kHz to 50 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventors: Konstantinos Alataris, Andre B. Walker, Jon Parker, Yougandh Chitre, Sangsoo Wesley Park, James R. Thacker
  • Patent number: 10220208
    Abstract: Selective high-frequency spinal cord modulation for inhibiting pain with reduced side effects and associated systems and methods are disclosed. In particular embodiments, a programmer has instructions that, in response to an input, select between a paresthesia-inducing electrical therapy signal having a frequency of less than 1.2 kHz, and a non-paresthesia-inducing electrical therapy signal having a frequency in a range from 1.5 kHz to 100 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventors: Konstantinos Alataris, Andre B. Walker, Jon Parker, Yougandh Chitre, Sangsoo Wesley Park, James R. Thacker
  • Patent number: 10219978
    Abstract: An acupuncture device can include a frame, an enclosure disposed on the frame to protect the frame, multiple stimulators mounted on the frame. The stimulators can be electrically coupled with a controller that transmits electric pulses to the stimulators for electro-acupuncture purpose. The size of the frame is adjustable to fit different body sizes of the users. The stimulators can be carried by the adjustment of the frame. The acupuncture device can also include one or more position references and the stimulators are positioned at relative distances from the position references. When the size of the frame is adjusted, the stimulators are carried by the frame to new positions that are at relative distances from the position references in proportionality with the extent of adjustment of the frame. Hence, the relative distance between a stimulator and a position reference in light of the size of the frame is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Siu Kwong Tsang
  • Patent number: 10220209
    Abstract: Selective high-frequency spinal cord modulation for inhibiting pain with reduced side effects and associated systems and methods are disclosed. In particular embodiments, a programmer has a computer-readable medium containing executable instructions in memory to, in response to an input, select between at least two therapy programs: a first having a frequency of less than 1,500 Hz, and a paresthesia-inducing amplitude between 3 mA and 10 mA; and a second having a frequency between 5 kHz and 15 kHz, and a non-paresthesia-inducing amplitude between 0.5 mA and 10 mA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventors: Konstantinos Alataris, Andre B. Walker, Jon Parker, Yougandh Chitre, Sangsoo Wesley Park, James R. Thacker
  • Patent number: 10213604
    Abstract: An example system includes a stimulation generator configured to deliver electrical stimulation therapy to tissue of a patient in accordance with a stimulation therapy program. The stimulation therapy program may include a set of stimulation therapy parameters. The system may include at least one sensor configured to detect a signal including an evoked compound muscle action potential (eCMAP) in response to the application of stimulation according to the stimulation therapy program. The system may also include a processor configured to adjust one or more or the stimulation therapy parameters based on the detected signal that includes the eCMAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Dinsmoor, Peng Cong, Louis Vera-Portocarrero, Xin Su
  • Patent number: 10201708
    Abstract: Methods are provided to treat a neurological disorder in a patient by adjusting connectivity between network nodes in a brain of patient using electrical stimulation. Connectivity between network nodes may be increased by synchronous stimulation at multiple network nodes depending upon the neurological disorder. Also, connectivity may be decreased by asynchronous or randomized stimulation at multiple network nodes depending upon the neurological disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Dirk De Ridder
  • Patent number: 10195433
    Abstract: Selective high-frequency spinal cord modulation for inhibiting pain with reduced side affects and associated systems and methods are disclosed. In particular embodiments, a programmer has instructions that, in response to an input, select between at least first and second sets of therapy signal parameters, the first set including a frequency of less than 1.2 kHz and generating a paresthesia-inducing electrical therapy signal, and the second set including a frequency in a range from 1.5 kHz to 50 kHz and generating a non-paresthesia-inducing electrical therapy signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventors: Konstantinos Alataris, Andre B. Walker, Jon Parker, Yougandh Chitre, Sangsoo Wesley Park, James R. Thacker
  • Patent number: 10195440
    Abstract: A system for use with a neurostimulator coupled to one or more electrodes implanted adjacent neural tissue of a patient. The system comprises a user input device configured for allowing a user to select different nerve fiber diameters and to select a set of stimulation parameters. The system further comprises processing circuitry configured estimating regions of activation within the neural tissue of the patient based on the selected nerve fiber diameters and the selected stimulation parameter set. The system further comprises a display device configured for displaying the estimated regions of tissue activation. The user input device may further be configured for allowing the user to select different tissue regions of therapy, in which case, the display device may display the different tissue region on a human body map, and different indicia associating the displayed tissue regions for therapy to displayed estimated regions of tissue activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Dongchul Lee, Changfang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10188861
    Abstract: A bone growth simulator system. A bioabsorbable electric circuit is encapsulated in a modified alginate known-time dissolving capsule having a rate of dissolving proportional to the thickness of the capsule. The electronic circuit is powered by a power source. The power source can be inside the capsule or outside the capsule, and can be bioabsorbable or at least biocompatible. An operational amplifier maintains constant current through the circuit. The current stimulates bone growth in bones adjacent to the circuit. The capsule and electric circuit dissolve after completion of the therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Stevenson, Richard L. Brown, Todd A. Kallmyer, Matthew M. Morrison, Sneha Saikia, Randal Schulhauser
  • Patent number: 10188865
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for combining tonic deep brain stimulation (DBS) and random DBS. A system includes a stimulation lead including a plurality of contacts, and an implantable pulse generator (IPG) communicatively coupled to the stimulation lead and configured to cause tonic stimulation to be delivered using one contact of the plurality of contacts, and cause random stimulation to be delivered using a subset of the remaining contacts of the plurality of contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Filippo Agnesi, Lalit Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 10159837
    Abstract: A method of providing therapy to a patient. The method comprises conveying pulsed electrical current at a defined pulse width and a defined pulse rate into spinal cord tissue. The defined pulse width is equal to or less than 200 ?s, and the defined pulse rate is less than 1500 Hz, such that neural elements in the dorsal horn are modulated and/or the patient does not perceive paresthesia during the conveyance of the pulsed electrical current into the spinal cord tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Dongchul Lee, Que T. Doan
  • Patent number: 10155107
    Abstract: This disclosure describes various modular electrode assemblies. For example, an implantable modular electrode assembly may include a hub including a plurality of electrical contacts configured to receive electrical signals from an implantable medical device, a first electrode module including a first substrate and a first plurality of electrodes on the first substrate, and a second electrode module including a second substrate and a second plurality of electrodes on the second substrate. The first and second electrode modules may be connectable to the hub, where the plurality of electrical contacts electrically communicate with the first and second plurality of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Olson
  • Patent number: 10149978
    Abstract: Short pulse width spinal cord modulation for inhibiting pain with reduced side effects and associated systems and methods are disclosed. In particular embodiments, modulation signal has pulse widths in the range of from about 10 microseconds to about 50 microseconds may be applied to the patient's spinal cord region to address chronic pain without using paresthesia or tingling to mask or cover the patient's sensation of pain. In other embodiments, modulation in accordance with similar parameters can be applied to other spinal or peripheral locations to address other indications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventor: Sangsoo Wesley Park
  • Patent number: 10143833
    Abstract: An apparatus is used in a therapeutic process to provide relief of pain and swelling by dynamic electric stimulation at very low power levels at frequencies between about 2 to 100 Hz. in which the stimulation frequency is constantly offset from the detected dominant frequency by between about 2 to 20 Hz. The pain relief benefits can last weeks, even though the treatment duration is generally well under a minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OCHSLABS LLC
    Inventors: Len Ochs, Catherine Wills
  • Patent number: 10141076
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves a medical system that includes one or more implantable medical devices configured to deliver a medical therapy to a patient. The medical system also includes a portable electronic device on which a touch-sensitive user interface is implemented. The user interface is configured to provide a visual representation of the medical therapy through a hierarchy. The hierarchy includes a lower level representation of the medical therapy that corresponds to a stimulation program that includes a plurality of configurable stimulation parameters. The hierarchy includes a middle level representation of the medical therapy that corresponds to a stimulation program-set that includes a plurality of different stimulation programs. The hierarchy includes an upper level representation of the medical therapy that corresponds to a scrollable collection of stimulation program-sets that are represented by a plurality of digital cards, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nuvectra Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert Kaula, Yohannes Iyassu
  • Patent number: 10136936
    Abstract: A medical device may include a stimulation member configured to apply a stimulus to a nerve that is configured to control a contraction of an airway distal to the nerve, and a measurement member configured to measure an effect of the stimulus on the airway. The medical device also may include an energy delivery element configured to deliver energy to tissue defining the airway to reduce an effect of the stimulus on the airway. The energy delivery element may be disposed at or distally of the stimulation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Allen Clark, Aiden Flanagan, Michael Eppihimer, William Conrad Stoffregen, Juan Gabriel Hincapie Ordonez
  • Patent number: 10130815
    Abstract: A medical device detects a previously defined event, and controls delivery of therapy to a patient according to therapy information associated with the previously defined event. In exemplary embodiments, the medical device enters a learning mode in response to a command received from a user, e.g., the patient or a clinician. In such embodiments, the medical device defines the event, collects the therapy information, and associates the therapy information with the defined event while operating in the learning mode. In some embodiments, the medical device defines the event based on the output of a sensor that indicates a physiological parameter of the patient during the learning mode. The sensor may be an accelerometer, which generates an output that reflects motion and/or posture of the patient. The medical device may collect therapy information by recording therapy changes made by the user during the learning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ruchika Singal, Steven L. Jensen, Robert M. Skime
  • Patent number: 10124166
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a neuromodulation system for inducing locomotor activity in a mammal, in cooperation with a signal generator and an electrode, delivers a signal with an overlapping high frequency pulse to a mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Neuroenabling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Reggie Edgerton, Yury P. Gerasimenko, Nicholas A. Terrafranca, Daniel C. Lu
  • Patent number: 10111618
    Abstract: A dual purpose wearable patch includes a stretchable and permeable substrate, a sensing unit mounted in the stretchable and permeable substrate, wherein the sensing unit can conduct a measurement of a user to produce a measurement signal, one or more electrodes respectively attached to the stretchable and permeable substrate, a circuit substrate on the stretchable and permeable substrate, wherein the circuit substrate includes a circuit electrically connected with the one or more electrodes and the sensing unit, and a semiconductor chip mounted on the circuit substrate and in connection with the circuit. The semiconductor chip can receive the measurement signal from the sensing unit and can produce a treatment control signal to control the one or more electrodes to apply a voltage across the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: VivaLnk, Inc.
    Inventor: Jiang Li
  • Patent number: 10105541
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are provided for targeted treatment of a variety of conditions, particularly conditions that are associated with or influenced by the nervous system, such as pain. Targeted treatment of such conditions is provided with minimal deleterious side effects, such as undesired motor responses or undesired stimulation of unaffected body regions. This is achieved by directly neuromodulating a target anatomy associated with the condition while minimizing or excluding undesired neuromodulation of other anatomies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical Luxembourg Holdings SMI S.A.R.L. (“SJM LUX SMI”)
    Inventors: Eyad Kishawi, Mir A. Imran, Brian J. Mossop, Jeffery M. Kramer, Richard W. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10076667
    Abstract: A non-zero starting value for ramping up a stimulation parameter for an electrical stimulation to be delivered to a patient is determined. The non-zero starting value is customized to the patient. A pulse generator is caused to generate the electrical stimulation, which is delivered to the patient via an implanted lead. The pulse generator is caused to ramp up, from the determined non-zero starting value and toward a predefined maximum limit value, the stimulation parameter for a plurality of electrode contacts on the lead. Feedback is received from the patient in response to the ramping up. The feedback is received via an electronic patient feedback device. Based on the ramping up and the received feedback from the patient, a perception threshold is determined for each of the plurality of electrode contacts. The perception threshold is a value of the stimulation parameter that corresponds to the patient feeling the electrical stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nuvectra Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert Kaula, Yohannes Iyassu
  • Patent number: 10076663
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for the treatment of pain through activation of select neural fibers. The neural fibers may comprise one or more afferent neural fibers and/or one or more efferent neural fibers. If afferent fibers are stimulated, alone or in combination with efferent fibers, a therapeutically effective amount of electrical stimulation is applied to activate afferent pathways in a manner approximating natural afferent activity. The afferent fibers may be associated with primary receptors of muscle spindles, golgi tendon organs, secondary receptors of muscle spindles, joint receptors, touch receptors, and other types of mechanoreceptors and/or proprioceptors. If efferent fibers are stimulated, alone or in combination with afferent fibers, a therapeutically effective amount of electrical stimulation is applied to activate intrafusal and/or extrafusal muscle fibers, which results in an indirect activation of afferent fibers associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SPR THERAPEUTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Maria E. Bennett, Joseph W. Boggs, II, Warren M. Grill, John Chae
  • Patent number: 10052490
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves systems and methods of programming electrical stimulation therapy for a patient. A communications link is established with a pulse generator that is configured to generate electrical stimulation pulses. An intermittent electrical coupling between the pulse generator and a diagnostic tool is simulated. This simulation is performed by instructing, for a plurality of cycles, the pulse generator to automatically turn on and off the generation of electrical stimulation pulses. Each cycle includes a first time period and a second time period following the first time period. The simulating includes: instructing the pulse generator to generate the electrical stimulation pulses during the first time period; and instructing the pulse generator to stop generating the electrical stimulation pulses during the second time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Nuvectra Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert Kaula, Yohannes Iyassu
  • Patent number: 10039923
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems and methods for delivering a neural stimulation pulse. A neural implant device can include an energy harvesting circuit configured to receive an input signal and generate an electrical signal based on the received input signal. A diode rectifier in series with the energy harvesting circuit can rectify the electrical signal. The energy harvesting circuit and the diode rectifier can be encapsulated within a biocompatible electrically insulating material. A neural electrode can be exposed through the biocompatible electrically insulating material. The neural electrode can be configured to deliver a neural stimulation pulse. The neural implant device can have a volume that is less than about 1.0 cubic millimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bernstein, Daniel Freeman, Reed Irion, Brett Ingersoll, Amy Duwel, Andrew Czarnecki, Brian Daniels, Anilkumar Harapanahalli Achyuta, Bryan McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10034997
    Abstract: In an example embodiment of the disclosed technology, a system can comprise a pain stimulator such as a thermal probe and a device for evaluating biological and/or neurological feedback that can provide data relating to a patient's physiological and/or neurological state. Embodiments of the disclosed technology may further comprise a computing device for implementing various aspects of the technology. Aspects of the disclosed technology can be used to reduce a patient's pain-related anxiety, thus reducing a patient's pain sensitization and pain perception, which can help a patient eliminate or lessen chronic pain symptoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Alan Gordon
  • Patent number: 10035021
    Abstract: The method and system described herein relate to stimulating nerve tissue using a pulse generator. A stimulus is created that comprises a signal that is produced from a frequency spectrum having a power spectral density per unit of bandwidth proportional to 1/f?, wherein ? is excludes 0. The stimulus is provided from the pulse generator to at least one stimulation lead; and applied to nerve tissue via one or several electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Dirk De Ridder
  • Patent number: 10019078
    Abstract: A device, a method, and a system recognize a motion using a gripped object. The motion recognition device may estimate a state of a wrist of a user according to a writing action using the gripped object and may estimate a joint motion of a body part related to the wrist according to the writing action. The device may then estimate a state of the gripped object according to the state of the wrist and the joint motion. Additionally, the motion recognition device may control an external device by using a control signal generated by continuously tracking the state of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Joon Kim, Seung Keun Yoon, Chang Mok Choi