Localized Application Patents (Class 607/99)
  • Patent number: 10441356
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation. Thermally-induced renal neuromodulation may be achieved via direct and/or via indirect application of thermal energy to heat or cool neural fibers that contribute to renal function, or of vascular structures that feed or perfuse the neural fibers. In some embodiments, parameters of the neural fibers, of non-target tissue, or of the thermal energy delivery element, may be monitored via one or more sensors for controlling the thermally-induced neuromodulation. In some embodiments, protective elements may be provided to reduce a degree of thermal damage induced in the non-target tissues. In some embodiments, thermally-induced renal neuromodulation is achieved via delivery of a pulsed thermal therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC ARDIAN LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Denise Zarins, Andrew Wu, Hanson Gifford, III, Mark Deem, Mark Gelfand, Howard R. Levin
  • Patent number: 10383679
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument includes a needle configured as a first electrode and a coil extending through the needle and configured as a second electrode. The coil is movable relative to the needle, and as the coil is deployed it attains a coiled configuration and a twisted configuration. After the needle and the coil are inserted into tissue and energized with an electrical energy source, the needle and the coil apply current to the tissue to coagulate the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Spiration Inc.
    Inventor: Peter A. Lambe
  • Patent number: 10363085
    Abstract: A surgical knife has been developed. The knife includes a blade with an edge that contacts tissue of a patient and a differential amplifier circuit that provides a signal of voltage and current to the blade at a certain frequency and waveform. The device also includes an output monitor feedback circuit that monitors frequency and amplitude data from the differential amplifier circuit and a return monitor feedback circuit that monitors that monitors frequency and amplitude data from the tissue of the patient. The device has a microprocessor that receives the frequency and amplitude data from the output monitor and the return monitor and adjust the voltage, frequency and waveform provided by the differential amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Fulmer Instruments, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A. Eighmy, Benjamin B. Fulmer, Lloyd G. B. Cooper
  • Patent number: 10335083
    Abstract: A system for monitoring biosignals of a user includes a first end region, positionable proximate a first ear of a user and including a first sensor array; a second end region, positionable proximate a second ear of the user and including a second sensor array; an intermediate region, positionable on a neck region of the user; a coupling element configured to couple the first and second end regions to the intermediate region; and a first attachment element and a second attachment element. The first attachment element couples the first end region to a head-mounted accessory and the second attachment element couples the second end region to the head-mounted accessory. The first end region includes a first electrode and the second end region includes a second electrode, such that there is a fixed distance between the first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Courtland Keith Keteyian, Jinyong Kim
  • Patent number: 10292754
    Abstract: Methods for treating dyspnea with therapeutic renal neuromodulation and associated system and methods are disclosed herein. One aspect of the present technology, for example, is directed to methods that block, reduce, and/or inhibit renal sympathetic nerve activity to achieve a reduction in central sympathetic tone. Renal sympathetic nerve activity may be altered or modulated along the afferent and/or efferent pathway. The achieved reduction in central sympathetic tone may carry therapeutic benefits for patients with dyspnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC ARDIAN LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Paul A. Sobotka
  • Patent number: 10251722
    Abstract: A stereotactic system with customizable and interoperable components for implantation of intracranial implants is provided. The stereotactic system can include a NeuroHat stereotactic device that attaches directly to the skull of an animal subject to protect chronic intracranial implants without interfering with the normal activities of the animal subject. The stereotactic system can also include a drill guide for accurate placement of burr holes and implant shuttles designed to be interoperable with other components of the NeuroHat stereotactic device for accurate placement and secureability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Timothy Allen, Adam Draper, Aaron Mattfeld
  • Patent number: 10257901
    Abstract: A dental light having an array of light emitting diode (LED) assemblies, at least one first LED assembly having at least one first LED element configured to emit light according to a first spectral distribution, a conversion phosphor configured to convert at least a portion of the first spectral distribution. At least one filter is fixed within said converted light, the filter configured to block at least a portion thereof. The array includes at least one second LED element configured to emit light according to a second spectral distribution, wherein light having the filtered spectral distribution is selectively emitted from said array in a first mode and from both the filtered and second spectral distributions in a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Osten, Jack L. Burwick
  • Patent number: 10058379
    Abstract: Embodiments of medical treatment including skin treatment using electrical energy, especially with the primary purpose for skin treatment for aesthetics are described generally herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Jongju Na
  • Patent number: 9962553
    Abstract: Devices and methods for contactless skin treatment use feedback power control for non-invasive treatment of skin and human tissue. Electromagnetic energy heats skin or tissue. A feedback system measures an output physical quantity before the output of electromagnetic waves from the device into the patient. Alternatively the feedback system scans values of a physical quantity on or near the patient. The devices and methods allow for delivering the optimum amount of energy to the patient while reducing the thermal load of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: BTL Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Tomás Schwarz, Jan Zárský
  • Patent number: 9918786
    Abstract: Devices, components, apparatus, and/or methods for using and making a combination spinal disk herniation repositioning and radiofrequency apparatus (RFA) or device that uses one or more repositioning probes and one or more needles/electrodes, wherein the device's probe repositions, and the electrode or needle treats or ablates, an injured, torn, herniated, or displaced vertebral disc propulus and/or nucleus, and wherein one or more side probes or needles are used to reposition or treat the spinal disk herniation, optionally followed by medicine/ozone therapy of the disc being treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Hongkui Wang, Jinsheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9884179
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to neuromuscular stimulation and sensing cuffs. The neuromuscular stimulation cuff has at least two fingers and a plurality of electrodes disposed on each finger. More generally, the neuromuscular stimulation cuff includes an outer, reusable component and an inner, disposable component. One or more electrodes are housed within the reusable component. The neuromuscular stimulation cuff may be produced by providing an insulating substrate layer, forming a conductive circuit on the substrate layer to form a conductive circuit layer, adhering a cover layer onto the conductive circuit layer to form a flexible circuit, and cutting at least one flexible finger from the flexible circuit. The neuromuscular stimulation cuff employs a flexible multi-electrode design which allows for reanimation of complex muscle movements in a patient, including individual finger movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: BBATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Chad E. Bouton, Jeffrey Friend, Gaurav Sharma, Andrew Sweeney, Amy M. Heintz, Stephanie Kute, Nicholas Annetta, Thomas D. Haubert, Steven M. Risser, Alexander Morrow, Raymond Richard Zaborski, George Naegele Brand, Matthew Edward Mowrer
  • Patent number: 9675814
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for heating a treatment region of a subject by providing a substantially constant current across the treatment region is disclosed. The method includes positioning the treatment region between first and second electrodes connected to a generator operable to apply an alternating electric field between the electrodes. The method also includes displacing any air located between the treatment region and the first and second electrodes with one or more flowable materials that allow a substantially constant current to pass between the first and second electrodes and through the treatment region. The method further includes activating the generator to apply the alternating electric field between the first and second electrodes and across the treatment region to thereby heat the treatment region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: INNOVOLINK, LLC
    Inventor: Michel Marc
  • Patent number: 9636167
    Abstract: A system and method for providing additional power to a hand-held surgical device from a supplemental DC power supply. The hand-held surgical device includes a generator and an internal power supply. The internal power supply is a battery or a capacitor either which can withstand a high-temperature and/or a low-temperature sterilization procedure while within the hand-held surgical device. The supplemental DC power supply can provide alone or in combination with the internal power supply sufficient power to the generator to perform an electrosurgical procedure. The supplemental DC power supply is connected through a detachable cord to the hand-held surgical device. The DC power supply may be outside a sterile surgical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: William N. Gregg
  • Patent number: 9545529
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for treating a volume of material by concurrently conveying acoustic energy and depositing thermal energy using a unipolar RF (radio-frequency) field. Also disclosed are devices suitable for concurrently conveying acoustic energy and depositing thermal energy using a unipolar RF (radio-frequency) field into the same volume of material. In some embodiments, the disclosed methods and devices are implemented for the treatment of subcutaneous fat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: ALMA LASERS LTD.
    Inventors: Alexander Britva, Alexander Dverin, Ziv Karni
  • Patent number: 9427506
    Abstract: A system and method for determining location of a fluid leak at a drape of a reduced pressure delivery system being used on a tissue site of a patient may include applying a reduced pressure to the tissue site of the patient. The drape may be imaged to generate image data, and a determination of a location of a fluid leak of the drape may be made from the image data. As a result of the determination of the location of the fluid leak, the drape may be corrected. The imaging may be made in a non-visible spectrum. The non-visible spectrum may be in an IR spectrum or UV spectrum. In one embodiment, a fluid, such as compressed air, may be applied to the dressing via the interface between the drape and tissue of the patient to improve imaging in the non-visible spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Mark Robinson, Christopher Brian Locke
  • Patent number: 9421060
    Abstract: A medical instrument is disclosed. The medical instrument includes a housing and a handle for gripping by a user, an end effector coupled to the handle and having at least one electrical contact, a battery, and a radio frequency (RF) generation circuit coupled to and operated by the battery. The RF generation circuit is operable to generate an RF drive signal and to provide the RF drive signal to the at least one electrical contact, wherein the RF generation circuit is supported by the housing. The RF generation circuit includes a resonant circuit that includes at least one inductive element constructed of litz wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, Gordon J. Leather, David J. Stocks, John Hefin Bowen Evans, David I. Ruddenklau, Alan E. Green, Robin M. Lee, Paul C. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9414858
    Abstract: A cutting device includes an elongated shaft extending between a proximal end and a distal end. A lower portion extends from the distal end of the elongated shaft and includes an outer surface and an inner surface spaced apart from the outer surface which together form a blunt end configured as a stop so as to protect adjacent tissue. An upper portion extends from the distal end of the elongated shaft and including an inner surface. The upper portion is configured so as to be disposed opposite the lower portion. A cutting element is disposed between the lower portion and the upper portion and is configured for retractable extension beyond the distal end of the elongated shaft so as to contact tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: KYPHON SÀRL
    Inventors: Amy L. Arthur, Calin Druma, Michael A. Smith
  • Patent number: 9364281
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for the treatment of a thoracic region of a patient's body. Embodiments of the method comprise positioning an energy delivery portion of an electrosurgical device to face a segment of a thoracic vertebra at a distance from the segment; and cooling the energy delivery portion and delivering energy through the energy delivery portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Lefler, Neil Godara, Robert Harrison
  • Patent number: 9149386
    Abstract: NMES systems and methods for stimulating muscle tissue, and in some embodiments deep muscle tissue. The impedance near the surface of the skin is controllably increased to increase the percentage of energy delivered to a subject that stimulates muscle tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NIVEUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Fahey, Zachary J. Malchano, Timothy Machold, Curtis Tom
  • Patent number: 9125665
    Abstract: A sphincter tissue region is treated using a support structure sized for advancement into the anal canal. At least one electrode is carried by the structure. A mechanism is coupled to the electrode to move the electrode between a first position retracted in the support structure and a second position extended from the support structure through surface tissue to penetrate a subsurface tissue region at or near a sphincter in the anal canal. A cable is coupled to the electrode to conduct energy for application by the electrode to form a lesion in the subsurface tissue region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Mederi Therapeutics, Inc
    Inventors: David S. Utley, Scott West, John Gaiser
  • Patent number: 9108052
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling the application of energy to tissue using measurements of impedance are described. The impedance, correlated to the temperature, may be set at a desired level, such as a percentage of initial impedance. The set impedance may be a function of the initial impedance, the size and spacing of the electrodes, the size of a targeted passageway, and so on. The set impedance may then be entered into a PID algorithm or other control loop algorithm in order to extract a power to be applied to a treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry Jarrard
  • Patent number: 9082272
    Abstract: A circuit (51) for applying heat and electrical stimulation comprises a substrate (500). The substrate (500) comprises an electrode (514) for applying electrical stimulation and a heating element (502). At least one of the electrode (514) and the heating element (502) comprises an electrically conducting region patterned on a surface of the substrate (500). The substrate (500) can be flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventors: Louise Mohn, Ole Brix, Bard Henriksen, Inge Klepsvik
  • Publication number: 20150142087
    Abstract: A method of treating a skin tissue relief feature (3) in mammalian, in particular human, skin tissue (1) is provided. The method comprises the steps of: determining a perimeter (4) of the relief feature and inducing contraction of skin tissue areas (5) present on opposite sides of the relief feature in positions adjacent to respective portions of the perimeter in a direction of contraction substantially parallel to a skin surface and substantially normal to the respective portions of the perimeter. A system is also provided comprising a radio-frequency source (9) and an applicator with a roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Martin Jurna, Jonathan Alambra Palero, Margaret Horton
  • Patent number: 8992523
    Abstract: Methods and systems for modulating intraosseous nerves (e.g., nerves within bone) are provided. For example, the methods and systems described herein may be used to modulate (e.g., denervate, ablate) basivertebral nerves within vertebrae. The modulation of the basivertebral nerves may facilitate treatment of chronic back pain. The modulation may be performed by a neuromodulation device (e.g., an energy delivery device).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Relievant Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Pellegrino, Paula Papineau, John S. Crombie, Samit Patel, Thomas Ryan
  • Patent number: 8979833
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for achieving the cosmetically beneficial effects of shrinking collagen tissue in the dermis or other areas of tissue in an effective, non-invasive manner using an array of electrodes. Systems described herein allow for improved treatment of tissue. Additional variations of the system include array of electrodes configured to minimize the energy required to produce the desired effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott A. McGill, Peter G. Knopp, Bankim H. Mehta
  • Patent number: 8974449
    Abstract: An electrosurgical ablation system includes an energy source adapted to supply energy to an energy delivery device. The energy delivery device includes a handle assembly configured to couple a pair of antennas extending from a distal end thereof to the energy source for application of energy to tissue. A power splitting device is operatively associated with the handle assembly and has an input adapted to connect to the energy source and a pair of output channels operably coupled to the respective pair of antennas. A phase shifter is operatively associated with the handle assembly and is operably coupled to the pair of output channels. The phase shifter is configured to selectively shift a phase relationship between the pair of output channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Joseph D. Brannan
  • Patent number: 8965527
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating masses, such as prostate or breast cancer, or any other soft tissue cancerous or benign mass, employs a unique, three-dimensional software-controlled electronic amplifier array using arbitrary waveforms that dynamically and proportionally steer electrical currents by using two or more current vector paths, sequentially or simultaneously, through a mass containing electrically-conductive ionic solutions so as to obtain 100% thermal beating or hyperthermia through the mass, and destroying it with a minimally-invasive treatment which requires no radiation or chemotherapy which could be harmful to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Medamp Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Richard B. Ruse, Scott J. Bohanan, E. David Crawford, William L. Nabors, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8945109
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for achieving the cosmetically beneficial effects of shrinking collagen tissue in the dermis or other areas of tissue in an effective, non-invasive manner using an array of electrodes. Systems described herein allow for improved treatment of tissue. Additional variations of the system include array of electrodes configured to minimize the energy required to produce the desired effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd
    Inventor: Bankim H. Mehta
  • Publication number: 20150025603
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for multi-vessel neuromodulation, e.g., via a pulsed electric field. Such multi-vessel neuromodulation may effectuate irreversible electroporation or electrofusion, necrosis and/or inducement of apoptosis, alteration of gene expression, action potential attenuation or blockade, changes in cytokine up-regulation and other conditions in target neural fibers. In some embodiments, the multi-vessel neuromodulation is applied to neural fibers that contribute to renal function. Such multi-vessel neuromodulation optionally may be performed bilaterally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Denise Zarins
  • Publication number: 20150025604
    Abstract: Approaches for percutaneous blepharoplasty are provided. An electrosurgical device includes: a hand-piece; a tip connected to the hand-piece; and two needles extending from a distal end of the tip. The hand-piece is structured and arranged to connect to an electrical energy source, and to convey electrical energy from the electrical energy source to the needles in a percutaneous blepharoplasty procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: William Thomas MCCLELLAN
  • Patent number: 8934988
    Abstract: Hypertension is treated in a patient by implanting an ablation stent in a renal artery of the patient. Energy is transmitted to the ablation stent to induce heating of the ablation stent, which causes ablation of a renal sympathetic nerve present on the outside of the portion of the renal artery comprising the ablation stent. A preferred ablation stent is in the form of an N-turn coil of an electrically conductive wire forming a meander structure. The respective ends of the wire are electrically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical AB
    Inventors: Torbjorn Persson, Cecilia Emanuelsson, Hans Abrahamson
  • Publication number: 20150005676
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation. Thermally-induced renal neuromodulation may be achieved via direct and/or via indirect application of thermal energy to heat or cool neural fibers that contribute to renal function, or of vascular structures that feed or perfuse the neural fibers. In some embodiments, parameters of the neural fibers, of non-target tissue, or of the thermal energy delivery element, may be monitored via one or more sensors for controlling the thermally-induced neuromodulation. In some embodiments, protective elements may be provided to reduce a degree of thermal damage induced in the non-target tissues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Medtronic Ardian Luxembourg S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Denise Zarins, Nicolas Zadno, Benjamin J. Clark, Erik Thai, Howard R. Levin, Mark Gelfand
  • Publication number: 20140379055
    Abstract: A skin surface is treated with RF energy (e.g., unipolar, monopolar, bipolar or multipolar RF delivery). A first semiconductive cap disposed on a first distal end of a first electrode and, optionally, a second semiconductive cap disposed on a second distal end of a second electrode are applied to the skin surface. RF energy is delivered from the first electrode and the second electrode through the first semiconductive cap and the second semiconductive cap, respectively, through the skin surface. The first semiconductive cap and/or the second semiconductive cap have an electrical conductivity matched or substantially matched to the skin's electrical conductivity (e.g., about 0.1 to about 2 times that of the skin).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Schomacker, Avner Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20140364926
    Abstract: A medical device is disclosed. The medical device may include an elongate member having a lumen extending at least partially between a proximal end and a distal end of the elongate member. The medical device may also include a plurality of legs coupled to a distal portion of the elongate member, and a distal end piece connected to each of the plurality of legs and located distally to the distal end of the elongate member. The medical device may also include an actuating member coupled to the distal end piece and extending between the plurality of legs and through the lumen. The reciprocal movement of the actuating member may be configured to reversibly move the plurality of legs from a first position to a second position. The medical device may also include a stopping member coupled to the actuating member and configured to limit a movement of the actuating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Man Minh NGUYEN, Eric Karl LITSCHER
  • Patent number: 8882753
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for percutaneous energy delivery in an effective, manner using one or more probes. Additional variations of the system include array of probes configured to minimize the energy required to produce the desired effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Bankim H. Mehta, Scott A. McGill
  • Patent number: 8882764
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating an intraosseous nerve. The method includes positioning a hollow shaft through the cortical shell of a vertebral body and into a cancellous bone region of the vertebral body. The hollow shaft includes an annular wall having a longitudinal bore therein, a proximal portion and a distal portion, and a first window extending transversely through the annular wall. An electrosurgical probe is advanced within the longitudinal bore from the proximal portion toward the distal portion. The electrosurgical probe includes a first treatment element at a distal end of the probe, wherein the first treatment element being in electrical connection with a power supply. The first treatment element is slidably disposed within the longitudinal bore so that the first treatment element is advanced radially outward from the window and shaft to affect treatment of the intraosseous nerve within the cancellous bone region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Relievant Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Sutton, Thomas Ryan, Samit Patel, Richard Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 8876819
    Abstract: A magnetically-guided catheter 100 includes a tip positioning magnet in the distal electrode assembly configured to interact with externally applied magnetic fields for magnetically-guided movement. A magnetically-guided mapping catheter 100 includes an electrically-conductive capsule in the form of a casing 146 that includes a distal ablation surface and isolates the positioning magnet from bio-fluids to prevent corrosion. An open irrigation ablation catheter includes an isolated manifold that isolates the positioning magnet from contact with irrigation fluid to prevent corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy T. Tegg, James V. Kauphusman
  • Publication number: 20140309628
    Abstract: A system and method for treating the skin by heating at least one discrete skin volume, comprising at least one treatment tip reversibly connectable to at least one applicator. The treatment tip comprises one or more electrodes, with the electrodes having one or more spaced apart protruding conducting elements. The protruding conducting elements are characterized by dimensions of height A and hypotenuse B, where the ratio A/B is in a predetermined range, and the protruding conducting elements penetrate the skin surface at discrete locations. The electrodes are configured to apply energy to skin volumes around the discrete locations so as to heat the skin volumes. The applicator comprises an energy generator configured to apply energy to the skin volumes by means of the electrodes and the spaced apart protruding conducting elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: VENUS CONCEPT LTD.
    Inventors: Boris VAYNBERG, Yotam ZIMMERMAN
  • Patent number: 8845630
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for percutaneous energy delivery in an effective, manner using one or more probes. Additional variations of the system include array of probes configured to minimize the energy required to produce the desired effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Bankim H. Mehta, Scott A. McGill, Daryl Bordon
  • Publication number: 20140275217
    Abstract: A method of treating a BORG expressing cancer includes administering a therapeutically effective amount of at least one BORG inhibiting agent to the BORG overexpressing cancer cells of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Saba Valadkhan
  • Patent number: 8834464
    Abstract: An ablation catheter assembly includes an elongate catheter body having a proximal portion, a distal portion and a lumen therethrough. A helical structure associated with the catheter distal portion carries a plurality of independently operable electrodes and is transformable between a low-profile configuration wherein a straightening element is positioned in the lumen and an expanded configuration wherein the straightening element is at least partially retracted from the spiral structure. When the helical structure is in the expanded configuration, a laterally offset tip portion extends distally therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Mark T. Stewart, James Skarda, David E. Francischelli, Rahul Mehra
  • Publication number: 20140257440
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for treating a human condition by providing an appendage chamber having a thermal exchange member. Negative pressure may be applied to a human appendage when placed within the appendage chamber. Blood flowing through the arteriovenous anastomosis (AVA) of the appendage may be heated or cooled at the thermal exchange member for therapeutic application of thermal energy to adjust blood viscosity in the human to alleviate symptoms associated with a number of autoimmune, circulatory, neurological, lymphatic, and endocrinal maladies. A load sensor may be coupled to the thermal exchange member and configured to measure a force of the appendage applied to the thermal exchange member. In addition, a negative pressure sensor may measure pressure within the appendage chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: AVACEN, INC
    Inventors: Thomas G. MUEHLBAUER, Jeffrey R. GRAY
  • Publication number: 20140135876
    Abstract: Disclosed methods and devices treat lower back pain from degenerated or injured intervertebral discs. Electrodes connected to a pulse generator deliver electrical impulses to nerves located within the posterior longitudinal ligament and posterior annulus fibrosus of lumbar intervertebral discs. Percutaneous and paddle leads containing the electrodes are disclosed. The percutaneous lead, designed to prevent inappropriate stimulation of the thecal sac, is inserted in the anterior epidural space using a special cannula and lead blank. Paddle leads are configured individually for implantation in each patient. The electrical stimulation may reduce back pain reversibly, with or without the simultaneous use of non-thermal irreversible electroporation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: John D. LIPANI
  • Patent number: 8721696
    Abstract: Method for treating chronic rhinosinusitis in a human patient. In the method a photosensitizing agent such as indocyanine green can be applied to color a nasal or sinal treatment site harboring infectious microorganisms. The photosensitizing agent can have an energy absorption peak in a near infrared wavelength region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The method can also include applying light energy from a laser source at a near infrared wavelength or wavelengths to the colored treatment site, for a duration sufficient to control the microorganisms. Apparatus for performing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Valam Corporation
    Inventors: Yosef Krespi, Victor Z. Kizhner
  • Publication number: 20140114305
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation. Thermally-induced renal neuromodulation may be achieved via direct and/or via indirect application of thermal energy to heat or cool neural fibers that contribute to renal function, or of vascular structures that feed or perfuse the neural fibers. In some embodiments, parameters of the neural fibers, of non-target tissue, or of the thermal energy delivery element, may be monitored via one or more sensors for controlling the thermally-induced neuromodulation. In some embodiments, protective elements may be provided to reduce a degree of thermal damage induced in the non-target tissues. In some embodiments, thermally-induced renal neuromodulation is achieved via delivery of a pulsed thermal therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC ARDIAN LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Denise Zarins, Andrew Wu, Hanson Gifford, III, Mark Deem, Mark Gelfand, Howard R. Levin
  • Patent number: 8702769
    Abstract: A technique for detecting and providing alerts or indications that can be used for controlling or altering the displacement speed of an applicator coupling skin heating energy across a treated skin. A temperature sensor monitors the rate of skin temperature change and provides feedback related to altering the applicator displacement speed according to the rate of skin temperature change. Disclosed is also an applicator for implementing this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Shimon Eckhouse, Lion Flyash, Boris Vaynberg
  • Patent number: 8706258
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating masses, such as prostate or breast cancer, or any other soft tissue cancerous or benign mass, employs a unique, three-dimensional software-controlled electronic amplifier array using arbitrary waveforms that dynamically and proportionally steer electrical currents by using two or more current vector paths, sequentially or simultaneously, through a mass containing electrically-conductive ionic solutions so as to obtain 100% thermal heating or hyperthermia through the mass, and destroying it with a minimally-invasive treatment which requires no radiation or chemotherapy which could be harmful to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: MedAmp Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: William L. Nabors, Sr., Richard B. Ruse, Scott J. Bohanan, E. David Crawford
  • Patent number: 8685924
    Abstract: An agent for the prophylaxis or treatment of stress urinary incontinence, which contains a substance that activates a serotonin 5-HT2C receptor, an agent for the prophylaxis or treatment of stress urinary incontinence, which contains a substance that stimulates an androgen binding site, and a method of screening for a drug for the prophylaxis or treatment of abdominal pressure incontinence, which includes electrostimulating the abdominal muscles or a nerve controlling them of an animal to increase the abdominal pressure, and measuring the leak point pressure at that time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
    Inventor: Izumi Kamo
  • Publication number: 20140088670
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices for stimulating hair regrowth by causing localized heating in an area of skin using electrodes to deliver localized electrical energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Ines Verner Rashkovsky, Boris Vaynberg
  • Publication number: 20140074197
    Abstract: A method of nonsurgical orbital fat reduction includes providing an electromagnetic energy system that includes an electromagnetic energy source and a patient interface coupled to the electromagnetic energy source. The patient interface includes an elongate member configured to deliver electromagnetic energy generated by the electromagnetic energy source to tissue of a medical patient. The method also includes inserting at least a distal portion of the elongate member into an orbital fat pad of the medical patient and delivering a sufficient amount of electromagnetic energy from the electromagnetic energy source to the orbital fat pad to cause the orbital fat pad to shrink in volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald L. Moy